Review: The Whale Tattoo by Jon Ransom


As debuts go, this is impressive and I’m sure Jon Ransom has a healthy writing career ahead of him. The problem, I felt, was that he tried to cram all his creative ideas into a single book – dysfunctional family, (non-)romantic trysts, and a bit of the supernatural (or mental health, it’s never made clear). The writing was also too abrupt and harsh, a theme I’m seeing a lot in recent publications – it’s good for tension, but if the tension if taut throughout then there is no roller-coaster of emotions, everything flatlines. That said, the locations are vivid and the book is enjoyable, so a good read!

Book supplied by Netgalley for an honest review.

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