'Holloway Falls' by Neil Cross


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Cross' novel (the third I’ve read, after Captive and Luther) tells the story of three characters; Jack Shepherd, originally a family man whose nightmares made him a shadow of himself; Rex Dryden, the leader of an end times cult; and William Holloway, a divorced and deeply disturbed police officer. Their paths cross in a series of events and what happens is a whirlwind with an end I did not see coming.


The plot of Holloway Falls is deeply convoluted. Neil Cross goes into so much background detail for many of his characters (beyond the protagonists), one wonders if it is absolutely necessary to know so much about one person. The ending was also a little unsatisfying, as I had lingering questions about plot holes and character resolutions. But in all, Cross left me in awe of his narration; it's what makes his work appeal to me - the sheer attention to detail other writers might glance over.


Favourite quote:


"He wore Savile Row suits and rimless spectacles which lent him the air of a dubious small businessman grown respectable; the kind of man rude-born, who finds himself, silver-mane and bald, clasping spatulate finger and thumb about bone-china handle, taking tea with the Queen."
- Chapter 3
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