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The Inlet

The Inlet - Claire Tham It was well written with a knowing nod towards the politics of Singapore and multiculturalism but sometimes the writing veers into pontification and the characters seem to use strange turn of phrases or speak with a voice which isn't within their social classes.

It can also get preachy about what/how Singaporeans should and should not do and can come across as trying out too hard to send out social messages to readers/non-citizens of Singaporeans by using the characters as mouthpieces (which can be a drag).

Given that the author is a partner in a law firm, perhaps her voice has not been totally detached from the various characters in the novel as she is too close to the material.

Nevertheless it reads more like a whodunit in parts and holds up well.