The Blue Hour - Douglas Kennedy | ARC Review

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Pages: 368, Paperback
Publication date: February 16th, 2016
Publisher: Atria Books
How I got the copy: Sent to me by Simon & Schuster Canada
Rating:  3.5/5 stars

From the #1 internationally bestselling author of The Momentand Five Days comes “the best book about Morocco since The Sheltering Sky. Completely absorbing and atmospheric” (Philip Kerr).

Robin knew Paul wasn’t perfect. But he said they were so lucky to have found each other, and she believed it was true.

She is a meticulous accountant, almost forty. He is an artist and university professor, twenty years older. When Paul suggests a month in Morocco, where he once lived and worked, a place where the modern meets the medieval, Robin reluctantly agrees.

Once immersed into the swirling, white hot exotica of a walled city on the North African Atlantic coast, Robin finds herself acclimatizing to its wonderful strangeness. Paul is everything she wants him to be—passionate, talented, knowledgeable. She is convinced that it is here she will finally become pregnant.

But then Paul suddenly disappears, and Robin finds herself the prime suspect in the police inquiry. As her understanding of the truth starts to unravel, Robin lurches from the crumbling art deco of Casablanca to the daunting Sahara, caught in an increasingly terrifying spiral from which there is no easy escape.

With his acclaimed ability to write thought-provoking page-turners, Douglas Kennedy takes readers into a world where only Patricia Highsmith has ever dared. The Blue Hour is a roller-coaster journey into a heart of darkness that asks the question: What would you do if your life depended on it?


The Blue Hour follows, Robin, a middle-aged accountant's adventure to Morocco and the mystery of her husband's disappearance, which she happens to be the prime suspect of.

I liked this novel but I tended to be frustrated majority of the time, which took away from being completely immersed in the story. But regardless of how it made me feel I thought this novel was very well thought-out and put together. It might have not been my favourite novel but there were parts that I enjoyed of this book.

The chain of events that occurred frustrated me the most. Following Robin, was an adventure of it’s own! This poor character goes through so much in order to find her husband and on top of that, she’s the prime suspect of his disappearance in a foreign country. In my opinion, Robin fluctuated from being very streets smart to not so street smart, which is a little bit confusing but I suppose could happen under the pressure she was going through. One thing the author wanted readers to take notice of was that Robin was an accountant. I can’t tell you how many times Robin was praised for being an accountant and it had helped her during a few questionable situations.

Most of this book is set in Morocco and I really enjoyed this aspect of the book. I've never been to Morocco or read anything set in Morocco, which was a nice change. This novel also coved a lot of different types of people, diverse minor characters, that I suppose, populate Morocco. And I don't say this as there were a lot of different types of stereotypes, more as different lifestyles and cultures within the country. 

The novel tied up all loose ends and the ending was my favourite part of the entire novel.


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