Book Reviews

Book Review: None So Blind by Alis Hawkins

*I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest, uninfluenced opinion. These thoughts are my own.

I was excited to read “None So Blind” because the cover intrigued me.  The story description also pulled me in as I’m a sucker for a good mystery, especially crime mystery.  I’ve been stumped as to what to write in this review because I have so many mixed emotions about this book.  This historical fiction novel is set in Wales in the 1840 and 1850s. It captures the social norms and rules of the day and the discrepancy between classes as well as that between the English and the Welsh but isn’t heavy-handed in history. For me, it was just enough to whet the appetite and had me googling a few Welsh terms and customs that I was not familiar with and found the answers quite interesting. There is a murder mystery within the larger setting of the Rebecca Riots that occurred in the 1840s in Wales and the reader is left, until the very end, wondering if the two are related are not.  This wasn’t a bad thing but it definitely kept one guessing.

Being the first in a series, the Harry Probert-Lloyd series, I wouldn’t mind reading the second book when it comes out even though I had some trouble with the first.  Overall, I enjoyed “None So Blind” but felt the story-line had a start/stop, uneven feel to it.  At times, I was devouring the story and grew attached to the characters and then at other times in the story, it just dragged and I struggled to push through, let alone, care about the events happening.  I mentioned earlier I’m at a loss as to how to write this review because, in large part, I haven’t put my finger on what it was.  Slow story line? No, not totally. Lackluster main characters? No, not really.  Too much description? Maybe, but not completely. See?! I’m stumped! I’m just not sure what made this book tough to read, at times, but overall, I did enjoy the book despite the slow, boring parts. Enough that I’d give the second book a chance, as I said earlier.

I rated this book three stars on Goodreads.  I liked it, it wasn’t awful and the story was interesting but it lost a couple of stars for the drudgery, at times, woven in the story. I’m curious to see how Harry handles the next adventure presented to him at the end of this book and to see how Harry and John’s friendship grows.

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