Highly reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith's Tom Ripley novels: young, amoral characters creating mayhem in a Mediterranean paradise (and getting away with causing considerable damage) - the contemporary twist being the Syrian refugee crisis. I absolutely loved the "travelogue" aspect, the sense of what it is like to taste the food and libations and walk and swim and breath the air and talk to the locals. The plot, though, was rather predictable, and I was disappointed that we did not get more detail on Faoud's backstory, to explain why he would agree to be involved in such a reckless scheme - though this raises the intriguing question of whether his actions are intentional from the beginning? The author/narrator seems to have a jaundiced view of all of his characters, so it's hard to feel sympathy for anyone. But I admired the writing enough to consider reading more of Osborne's work.

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