Crime, quantum, steampunk, cyberpunk ... so many genres, so little time
They may not be Booker candidates and they contain no real surprises, but that’s the beauty of genre novels
Give me solid crime fiction, an epic family saga or an easy beach read and I’ll be happy for days. I know what I’m going to get — more or less.
When I read one of those novels I am less likely to toss the book across the room in anger because it ended badly or was open-ended, with several storylines not tied up or a number of aspects left unexplained.
Sometimes crime does disappoint, though. I am still distressed about the way Gillian Flynn ended Gone Girl. I suppose that was her intention, as many years later it is still stuck in my mind and causes mild discomfort every time I think of it. It’s that itch in the middle of my back that can’t be scratched. ..