A Morbid Habit
By Annie Hauxwell
This is the third novel in Annie Hauxwell’s Catherine Berlin Series. A series of dark crime fiction.
Berlin is a financial investigator with a drug habit, and more issues that you can throw a stick at. The story opens with Berlin in London, however the scene quickly switches to Moscow, a few days before Christmas, as she accepts an assignment to investigate some Russian partners of a UK firm.
The story was slow to start, and introduced many characters early. The characters developed depth and colour as the story unfolds. I can’t say there was any character that I liked, and there are not really any good guys in the story, although one could suggest that Berlin is the heroine of the story.
There are a lot of loose ends that are not satisfactory tied up by the end, however this seems Hauxwell’s style, and they may be picked up in the next book.
While I appreciate the time and effort the author took to develop both the characters and the plot, the book moved too slow for me, and jumped between scenes too much too early.
Heath writes reviews regularly for newspapers and magazines.