A challenging read that rewards perseverance.

  • Book: Halfway
  • Location: Wales
  • Author: Beverley Jones

Review Author: hdsteel22@gmail.com

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Content

Deep in an inhospitable corner of the Welsh countryside, the Halfway Inn is closed to customers, but it’s about to become the setting for the dramatic climax to this slow-burning psychological thriller. I found that this was a book that repaid perseverance. At first the characters were quite shadowy, and I wasn’t sure where the story was going, almost to the point of deciding to give up. About halfway in, however, I was very glad that I hadn’t. As the characters revealed themselves and how they interrelated, they were increasingly interesting and the plot much more gripping. It was a clever exercise in structure, albeit a risky one. Although the bleak winter weather was powerfully conveyed, I didn’t have a very strong sense of the story being set in Wales, but that didn’t spoil the book.

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