The Chameleon's Shadow

The Chameleon's Shadow

Book - 2007
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Unable to return to the army after a serious head injury, Lieutenant Charles Acland moves to London where he begins to display sporadic bouts of aggression. When he almost kills a man in a pub, he attracts the attention of police who are investigating three "gay" murders in the area. Frightened and alone, Acland turns to the one woman he trusts to help him find the reasons behind his rage.
Publisher: London : Macmillan, 2007.
ISBN: 9780230015661
Characteristics: 384 p.


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May 02, 2016

Charles seems like a very flat character - he does not evolve, and we never knew him prior to his injury. Even though he is not charismatic, there isn't even much opportunity to dislike him, as he is so limited in his expressions.
Nevertheless, the plot is intriguing and provides a decent suspense.
To me, the supporting character Jackson is what makes this book worth reading. It's refreshing to have such a strong woman with so much "word time" in a story.

I grimaced quite often with the constant offensive references to minorities, even though I understood the author is likely using them to portray reality - these kinds of disgusting accusations and events do occur.

Jul 03, 2008

Good but not great, in my opinion. Walters always does new characters and fairly unusual ones - but lately they don't vary much in type from book to book. Not too convinced about the relationship between Charles Acland and his former financee, either - he doesn't seem the type to have let her manipulate him to the extent Walters show.

Nov 08, 2007

Typical Minette Walters. Unusual characters. A review I read in the Toronto Star led me to believe I would be disappointed with the story, but this was not the case. I was unable to put this book down.

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