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Author of AGAINST A DARKENING SKY, THE EMPTY ROOM, OUR DAILY BREAD, and others. Find out more at www.LaurenBDavis.com. I read as if my sanity depended upon it.. . . oh, wait, it does! Snort.

An imaginative mess

The Thing about Thugs - Tabish Khair

This book, set in Victorian London, is full of imagination (and grave robbers and serial killers and opium dens), but the structure is so disorganized, the characters so poorly drawn and the narrative so meandering that it doesn't, in the end, make for either an enjoyable or meaningful read. Stories within stories, letters and diaries and ill-formed scraps all barely holding together.  It's a pity, since the writer is obviously clever. He let this story -- which has much potential -- get away from him, which means I doubt it will please many readers.