Yesterday could have been a fabulous writing day. I had time, opportunity, and a deadline. Generally this is all very motivating, but I was caught up in Elizabeth George's fabulous mystery and couldn't seem to wrench myself away.
George kind of went her own way with this book, genre-wise, and I love that.
This book does not begin with a dead body and a mystery. It begins by immersing the reader in the lives of all of the people involved. By the time the murder happened - sometime after page 100 - I was deeply immersed in the dark, complex psychology that ties the characters together.
The combination of this depth of character development with a satisfyingly twisting mystery served to keep me turning pages late into the evening.
There were, I will admit, a few flaws. I guessed the murderer sooner than I wanted to. But the beautiful writing and incredible character and world development made that just a small thing. Definitely a five star book for me.