The Chameleon's Shadow

The Chameleon's Shadow

Book - 2007
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When Lieutenant Charles Acland is flown home from Iraq with serious head injuries, he faces not only permanent disfigurement but also an apparent change to his previously outgoing personality. After his injuries prevent his return to the army, he cuts all ties with his former life and moves to London.
Publisher: London, Eng. : Macmillan, 2007.
ISBN: 9780230015661
Characteristics: 384 p. ;,24 cm.


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May 02, 2016

Charles seems like a very flat character - he does not evolve, and we never knew him prior to his injury. Even though he is not charismatic, there isn't even much opportunity to dislike him, as he is so limited in his expressions.
Nevertheless, the plot is intriguing and provides a decent suspense.
To me, the supporting character Jackson is what makes this book worth reading. It's refreshing to have such a strong woman with so much "word time" in a story.

I grimaced quite often with the constant offensive references to minorities, even though I understood the author is likely using them to portray reality - these kinds of disgusting accusations and events do occur.

Jul 03, 2008

Good but not great, in my opinion. Walters always does new characters and fairly unusual ones - but lately they don't vary much in type from book to book. Not too convinced about the relationship between Charles Acland and his former financee, either - he doesn't seem the type to have let her manipulate him to the extent Walters show.

Nov 08, 2007

Typical Minette Walters. Unusual characters. A review I read in the Toronto Star led me to believe I would be disappointed with the story, but this was not the case. I was unable to put this book down.

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