Finished reading this book last night (Jan. 5/15) and found it interesting. That could mean many things, I’m sure. The main difficulties in the book for me were the passages of 1st person narrative seeded throughout the book. At first they bothered me, disturbing the tempo and flow of the book, yet I grew accustomed to them. They also gave some insight into some of the characters. I’m not for spoilers, but I will tell you that the ending was not what I expected to my pleasant surprise. The character of Hermes Diaktoros the investigator, seems Poirot-ish at times, yet he shows himself to be a much scarier individual than Hercule Poirot ever was to my knowledge. Although the book seemed a little halted at times, it remains a different but enjoyable read. I give it 3 stars.
Started reading this book last night (Dec. 29/14).
The Messenger of Athens
by Anne Zouroudi @annezouroudi
— Book Description —
Idyllic but remote, the Greek island of Thiminos seems untouched and untroubled by the modern world. So when the battered body of a young woman is discovered at the foot of a cliff, the local police – governed more by archaic rules of honor than by the law – are quick to close the case, dismissing her death as an accident.
Then a stranger arrives, uninvited, from Athens, announcing his intention to investigate further into the crime he believes has been committed. Refusing to accept the woman’s death as an accident or suicide, Hermes Diaktoros sets out to uncover the truths that skulk beneath this small community’s exterior.
Hermes’s methods of investigation are unorthodox, and his message to the islanders is plain – tell the truth or face the consequences. Before long, he’s uncovering a tale of passion, corruption and murder that entangles many of the island’s residents. But Hermes brings his own mystery into the web of dark secrets and lies – and as he travels the rugged island landscape to investigate, questions and suspicions arise amongst the locals. Who has sent him to Thiminos, and on whose authority is he acting? And how does he know of dramas played out decades ago?
Rich in images of Greece’s beautiful islands and evoking a life unknown to most outsiders, this wonderful novel leads the reader into a world where the myths of the past are not forgotten and forbidden passion still has dangerous consequences.
— From Amazon Product Page —