Friday 9 April 2021

MIDNIGHT RIOT by Ben Aaronovitch


Midnight Riot (Peter Grant, #1)Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

After DNFing two books yesterday, I decided to pick this up and it captured my attention. So I kept reading.

Peter Grant is a Probationary Constable who wants to be a detective, but is about to be assigned to the boring Case Progression Unit. After crossing paths with a witness who happens to be a ghost, he finds himself working with Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale. Together, they investigate this murder and Peter finds out there's a lot more to London than he thought...

Okay. This book started out really well. But by the time I reached the second half, I was done with it. The mystery, the revelations, the way the female characters were dealt with, and more importantly: the over-explanation about every single corner of London.

I mean, I love an atmospheric sense of location but this got SO annoying. Actually, it interfered with the action and certainly turned me off the story in general.

It's such a shame because I liked Peter at the beginning. He seemed to be a no-nonsense kinda guy who has ambitions that are somewhat sidetracked by his unexpected ability, and this actually brings him closer to what he wanted in the first place. But by the end, I found him so irritating.

And to be honest, after all the senseless droning, I was very disappointed with the mystery. Not even the fantastical, magical world was enough to drag me back in. Also, I didn't like the way Leslie and Beverley were treated. They started out as important characters only to become consequences that made Peter shine while they suffered. 😒

Yeah, this wasn't the urban fantasy I thought it would be, so I'm out. I won't continue reading this series.

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