Slow-paced thriller fails to deliver in this soap-like crime mystery

The third instalment in bestselling author Jane Harper’s Aaron Falk series keeps the reader waiting too long for both thrills and answers

Jane Harper: her new novel Exiles features police officer Aaron Falk, who was the main man in both The Dry and its follow-up Force of Nature

Martin Amis once remarked how his father Kingsley, later in life, couldn’t face a book that didn’t have a shot ring out at least once during its first few pages. I kind of know how he felt. It’s all very well trying to better oneself by wrestling with the latest literary head scratcher, but sometimes what you really want is a well-woven plot plus a few twists and turns.

With that in mind, I picked ...