Title: Smiling Jack
Author: Ken Catran
Published: Auckland : HarperCollins Publishers, 2010
Snippet:"It was clear that deep secrets had been stirred, and were now swirling around me. There'd been three deaths already, and I had a disturbing sense that there'd be more."
Review: I was a huge fan of Ken Catran's Talking to Blue trilogy which are big murder mystery books. So when I found out about Smiling Jack I got really excited and tried everything to get my hands on it. In a way I'm glad I did get to read it so fast and that I enjoyed it. But I think after Talking to Blue I had far too high expectations of Smiling Jack and it just wasn't as good.
Smiling Jack is a good read of its own right though. There's no doubt about that. If you're a fan of mysteries then you will enjoy Smiling Jack. By the end I had figured out who the murderer was but I hadn't figured out the motives or some other tiny little details so it was actually a nice surprise in the end.
I really liked Robert as a character. He was just really down to earth and a great character. I hated how the townspeople treated him though, I really thought they were far too harsh on poor Robert. Apart from Robert none of the other characters really stood out to me although Sarge Peggy was pretty cool.
There was a twist at the end that was a little crazy but it wasn't too bad.
To be honest I felt like this book was written more for a younger young adult age group. The writing wasn't too advanced and it was quite simple. It doesn't take very long to read through at all.
Overall, Smiling Jack is a good book by one of my favourite New Zealand authors and I really hope that Ken Catran writes more murder mystery books in the future. If you ever get the chance to read Smiling Jack then I suggest you do because it is pretty awesome.
This kiwi indicates that this book was written by a New Zealand author. It is also set in New Zealand.