Review: ‘Killing Daniel’ by Sarah Dobbs.
The form (but not the quality) of ‘Killing Daniel’ is what I would describe as a “train crash”. The story starts with two disparate characters, living in the same time, but separated by gulfs of distance and society. These characters are an English woman called Fleur and a Japanese woman called Chinatsu. Having met in adolescence, they think about one another and look forward to a nebulous idea of reunion. The plot advances in opposing directions, one starting in Salford and the other in Japan.
The characterisation of both Fleur and Chinatsu is detailed and fascinating. This is a profoundly female book.
By William Thirsk-Gaskill