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April: Gabrielle Lord, July 7—20, 2012

My rating: ♦♦◊◊◊

Now in its fourth run, Conspiracy 365 should really have picked up its game in April – but didn’t.

Cal’s escape from his predicament at the end of March is much better resolved than March’s escape from the oncoming train by way of a secret manhole being opened by a criminal genius squatting underneath the railway. But thereafter absolutely nothing happens.

There are no spoilers given in revealing Cal remains on the run. The police remain looking for him, as do the criminal gangs that are after him. His mother and uncle Rafe remain wishing him home. Boges remains as a go-between. Gabbi remains in a coma, and Cal remains sad about that. Winter shows up and remains enigmatic; she and Boges remain rivals. The Riddle remains unsolved and that pretty much sums it up. The only difference between March and April is a frankly stupid sequence in an old woman’s car boot that would never happen and added nothing to the story. All the while, Cal continues to outrun every police officer, villain, deviant and member of the public in the whole of Australia yet hasn’t had his invite to the 2012 Olympics in which he would undoubtedly win a gold medal. Paula Radcliffe has nothing on this kid.

Even the writer starts off with long entries for 1 and 2 April before basically skipping to the end of the month.

Far too much time is spent recapping what we already know and repeatedly telling us what we still don’t. I am, however, encouraged that the whopping continuity niggle that’s been bugging me (Why hasn’t the doppelganger been mistaken for Cal and arrested since he’s mincing about?) was acknowledged. Not resolved, you understand, but acknowledged.

Lord needs to pull it back in May by coming up with some originality. If all of her arsenal of ideas were poured into the first couple of books, Cal won’t be the only one in for a long year.


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