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The Butterfly Tattoo

The Butterfly Tattoo - Philip Pullman Chris meets Jenny on a warm Oxford night and falls instantly in love, but he knows nothing about her and can't seem to find her again in the sleepy English city. His boss, meanwhile, had acquired a love nest and is employing Chris to do it up, little knowing that it's actually a hide away from some ruthless London gangsters...

Philip Pullman is a wonderful writer and His Dark Materials series is still one of my favourites, but this was a huge disappointment. It was written well, but the plot and characters were just so flat and boring it seemed the 186 pages would never end. The blurb gives you a very definite but blurred detailing of the plot, which was slow and rather droll.

I believe this was his first ever novel, however, and that kind of makes sense. There is the and writing ability shining through the murky gaps, but it's obviously the first. He definitely learnt from this, though.