The Grove John Rector

Sorry, John Rector, I couldn’t get through your book. This is a murder mystery told in the first person by a character with problems. His main problem is that he has a mental illness, but his greater problem is that he refuses his medication and can’t remember his aggressive outbursts. He finds the body of a young woman in his paddock and decides that he needs to discover who killed her himself. The body is left to the elements while he hits the booze – which is rarely helpful mental illness or not.
After about a quarter of this book, I found myself disliking this bloke so much that I just didn’t want to go on. It is very sad that some people are afflicted by mental illness, but this character is unlikely to progress any cause toward generating empathy for this tragic problem.
Time for me to move on.

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