Content warning What I took to be "bad" writing, was actually Alastair writing in the voice of Silas as a novelist. This is both brilliant and technically challenging, so kudos to him. I'm very impressed with the structure of this narrative and how well he pulled it off.
I thought I wasn't going to like this one, and actually set it aside early on. I came back to it, though, and I'm really glad I did. Smart and unexpectedly tender.