Review: Even the Dead by Benjamin Black.

Even the Dead“Death is death. There’s always suffering.” – Benjamin Black.

I received a digital copy of this book via NetGalley.

When I requested this book I didn’t realise that it was a part of a series, but the synopsis did intrigue me. Fortunately, I do not think this affected my view on the book because I managed to get through it quite easily without the prior knowledge of other books, therefore it isn’t necessary to have read the previous books which, for me at least, is a good thing.

Even the Dead is the seventh book in the Quirke series, which follows Quirke himself. Quirke is a pathologist and when the body of a man turns up who Quirke and his assistant believe to have had died in suspicious circumstances he must investigate. With the help of Inspector Hackett, Quirke must uncover how this man has died, although this proves tricky when the only witness has disappeared.

I have given this book two stars because I think it’s okay. I wasn’t really captured by the story and found it easy to put the book down for periods of time. There was a mystery, but it didn’t feel like it really developed into anything. While I liked the ending, it didn’t exactly leave me satisfied as I was never really attached to any of the characters.

I may not have been attached to the characters, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t like them. I think they were all written well, I think the whole book was written well, I just didn’t find the events interesting enough for me to rate it higher than two stars.

We delve a lot into the personal lives of the characters; it isn’t all centred on the investigation. The purpose of this was probably to make them more likeable, but as I’ve said, I wasn’t particularly attached to any of them and as a result I wasn’t very interested; I just wanted to hear more about the investigation.

I don’t feel that I have many more thoughts to really contribute on this book, but if you do feel free to let me know in the comments.


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