A Fine Balance by Robyn Cain
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
From the first chapter Robyn Cain sets the tone for a story of corporate intrigue and cold blooded greed. With a fine hand, Cain weaves the characters lives together, carefully creating connections that are not always apparent at first glance. The most delightful of these characters are Jenny and Matt, poor employee and wealthy employer. The interaction between these two carries the story. Although they seem to develop a romantic relationship rather quickly, they are so charming it’s easily overlooked. The dialogue between the lovers is natural and very reminiscent of the film noir of the 40’s and 50’s. Readers outside of the UK might have some difficulty with the very British language but it also adds charisma to the characters.
Character laden, it is sometimes difficult to keep track of who is doing what to whom and for what purpose. Throughout the book the underlying stories are as interesting as the main plot so it is worth taking a little extra time for a second read of a previous chapter. A couple of the characters are left hanging at the end but they are just loose ends that are not vital to the story line.
All in all this is a good book with a nice love story complicated by a nasty bunch of bad guys.
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