Official and Doubtful by Ajay Close

About the book

In a Glasgow post office, Nan Megratta collects illegible, damaged and defaced letters and delivers them to their destinations. The Returned Letters Section offers her anonymity: she is just one more item lost in the post. That anonymity is shattered when a blackmail letter crosses her desk.

Reviewed by Queen Mary’s College Library reading group:

Despite its intriguing beginning, we felt the novel tackled too many themes, and the narrative flitted about too much causing confusion. Glasgow seemed to be the most interesting “character” in the book, but overall we weren’t very impressed.

Rating: **
 

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3 thoughts on “Official and Doubtful by Ajay Close”

  1. Review by U3A Book Circle II reading group:
    The many detailed and vivid descriptions tend to overshadow the intriguing plot of this psychological thriller making it long drawn down out. The characters are well depicted and all have secrets, whether it’s the narrator, a Labour MP, a restaurateur or a tabloid hack. Well worth reading.
    Star rating: ***

  2. Review by U3A Book Circle II reading group:
    The many detailed and vivid descriptions tend to overshadow the intriguing plot of this psychological thriller making it long drawn down out. The characters are well depicted and all have secrets, whether it’s the narrator, a Labour MP, a restaurateur or a tabloid hack. Well worth reading.
    Star rating: ***

  3. Review by Champagne Reading Group:
    Flashes of genius but on the whole a sadly unsatisfying book.
    Star rating: *

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