Stuart Neville's sequel to the brilliant and captivating Ghosts of Belfast (click on link to see my review) was an unfortunate disappointment. Where the first book had original ideas, the breaking (and leveraging) of stereotype myths, truly interesting characters and depth of character development, the sequel "Collusion", falls substantially flat on each and every dimension. The protagonist, who fascinated and repelled me in the first novel, simply exists in the second. The love story is staid, typical, and shopworn. The bad guy is easy typecasting, obvious and more than a bit shallow. The plot failed to ignite for me and the whole thing had more than a whiff of a quick cashing in on the success of the original. There is more detail I am sure I could conjure up, but why bother?
Read The Ghosts of Belfast, skip "Collusion".