When I started to read the second part to Javier Maria’s Your Face Tomorrow trilogy, I never expected it to be so entwined with the first part, Fever and Spear. In fact the book starts exactly where it left off and more loose ends are being created.
At this point Jacques Deza is officially a spy for Bertrand Tupra and the two, go to a nightclub in order to to witness some people and check if there are shady under dealings. It leads to a night stuffed with debauchery, drugs, deceitfulness and other twists and turns which made Fever and Spear compulsive reading. Within this ordeal we also get more glimpses of events that happened in the past book and Deza reveals more about his past.
I did, however have mixed reactions to Dance and Dream, although it is not as meandering and contains more well rounded characters (trust me your view of ‘comic relief’ de la Garza will change) and there are some great action scenes, I have a feeling that Marias is the only author who can describe a head being dunked into a toilet so vivdly. I felt that the thrill contained in Fever and Spear was a bit missing. Plus basing a whole novel in a nightclub can get a bit tiresome.
Despite this the prose always mutates from humorous, sensual and gripping and is a fine instalment to this vast trilogy. The third part will be published sometime in Autumn and I am quite excited on how Marias will tie up this case.