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3 stars (58/100)

A Spot of Bother

2006 · Mark Haddon · 354 pp

Haddon’s characters dare you to like them, and for the most part I never managed it. The pacing is uneven, and the decision to cycle through limited third-person narrators at random doesn’t help. Haddon invites us to laugh at his characters as their nervous actions dig them deeper into misery, but it’s such a mean-spirited laugh it’s hard to join in.

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