Having been totally captivated by every Minette Walters book that I have picked up in the past, The Devil’s Feather came as a huge disappointment to me. It has to be the most unthrilling “thriller” that has ever appeared on my bookshelves.
It took some stamina to plough through nearly five hundred pages of the fictional ramblings of a self-obsessed woman who doesn’t trust anyone around her and just moans and groans about her circumstances. To be fair to the author, there are a couple of chapters of action towards the end of the book, but they are far from convincing and I was willing the protagonist to put the narrator out of her misery. Sadly, she survived to inflict more tedium on the reader.
Had this been Minette Walters’s first novel, she would have sunk into oblivion along with thousands of other wannabe authors. Let’s hope that her next effort returns to her usual brilliant standards.
Original review posted in Goodreads in November 2006