This story moves along at a niec pace that hooked me from the start. The characters are very well introduced and developed throughout the book In factThis story moves along at a niec pace that hooked me from the start. The characters are very well introduced and developed throughout the book In fact, they are still being developed towards the conclusion, which sets up Dr Hannah Nightingale and her fellow protagonists for the sequel.
There is the classic line that the seasoned police officers are very skeptical, at first, about the introduction of a psychological profiler, but gradually become convinced of her value to their investigations. By the end, of course, she proves to be absolutely vital. That storyline is hardly original, but the author manages to make it convincing.
The pace is maintained by good, strong dialogue and the dilemmas that face at least two of the main characters.
There are a few twists and turns and surprises throughout, although the main surprise was not a shock to me, even though it seemed to leap out of the blue at the two detectives and the profiler. I was expecting one major twist at the end that didn't actually happen, so I lost my personal bet with myself.
The tension in the end play was expertly managed and I was swept along by it. A very good conclusion.
The only element that grated slightly with me was the infusion of Americanisms. Most of the narrative is in British English, and there is even a "Glossary of English Slang for US Readers" at the end of the book to help our trans-Atlantic friends. If I were American, I would have preferred this to be at the front of the book so that I could become aware of it before I started reading the first chapter.
I was excited when I started reading this book. It has so many really good reviews. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations.
As a psycholoI was excited when I started reading this book. It has so many really good reviews. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations.
As a psychological thriller, it is OK, and I enjoyed reading it. However, many of the twists and turns were predictable. There were a few that weren't. The plot is very good, but I feel that more could have been done with it.
There were chunks of the book with which I became very frustrated. Firstly, the behaviour of Clare as the story unfolds. I couldn't believe that a top solicitor could be so stupid. Also, there were parts that were simply not credible. I cannot tell you about most them without insterting a spoiler, but one of them which particularly wound me up was the central thread around a photograph of the long lost sister, Alice, and her friend, Martha. (view spoiler)[The photograph is a mirror image and the explanation is that it flipped when it was scanned. That is not plausible. But I immediately suspected that the "Alice" that turned up was actually Bertha. Clare takes a copy of the photo to Florida with her as she investigates the background, yet she never shows the photograph to ANYONE who she questions. That is crazy! Why did she carry the photo with her? (hide spoiler)]
There were quite a few inconsitencies in the narrative. One which almost stopped me from reading on was when Clare is in Florida and tries to call her husband, Luke.
It's early evening here in Florida, which, given the five-hour time difference, means that it's mid-afternoon in UK."
In actual fact, the five-hour time difference works out the opposite way around and it would be past midnight in UK. As she goes on to describe that Luke has taken their daughters swimming, it makes matters worse.
So my summary is that it is a good story, but the twists and turns were mainly predictable and there are too many implausibilities.
However, I would recommend it to people who want a psychological thriller to read on their sunbed on holiday....more
I had the privilege to attend a class at the Swanwick Writers' Summer School in 2016 which Sue Moorcroft delivered. There were two topics that she covI had the privilege to attend a class at the Swanwick Writers' Summer School in 2016 which Sue Moorcroft delivered. There were two topics that she covered which made an impression on me and which I bore in mind as I read this book.
That might make me slightly over-critical.
The first was "point of view." It took skillful writing to give me a good feel for the points of view of each of the main characters rahter than just the main protagonist, Ava. I enjoyed that.
The second was on how to end chapters. Sue's instruction was to try to end each chapter on a note that would make the reader want to read on rather than put the light out go to sleep. On this point, The Chrsitmas Promise only scored 50%. My thoughts are that this was due to enthusiastic editing rather than the author's own intentions.
Back to the book itself.
The storyline is very good and is captivating. After a slow start, during which there is much house and party hopping to get to know the characters, the narative rolls along at a good lick. I enjoyed it and was always wondering what would happen next.
All in all, this is a fun read with a happy ending. I recommend it.
When I was about twelve years old, I watched the psychedelic animated cartoon of Yellow Submarine by the Beatles. ThisThis story is absolutely crazy!
When I was about twelve years old, I watched the psychedelic animated cartoon of Yellow Submarine by the Beatles. This story reminded me of my feelings as I watched that cartoon.
As the recently dead, but now recovered, Marquis De Carabas makes his way to from the Floating Market in the Tate Gallery and the strange Mushroom People, via the Mortlake, lake of the dead, to meet the dangerous shepherds of Shepherd's Bush, we share his very psychedelic trip. He is lucky that he can rely upon the combination of his own guile and the occasional appearance of his mysterious brother.
His main objective, as the title implies, is to retrive his missing, magical coat.
You'll have to read the book to find out what happens and the other strange events that happen along the way. I can guarantee that you will be amazed and entranced, and you will have a lot of fun....more
I enjoyed the story and look forward to reading more; finding out what comes next for Katie.
She arrives in Dubai to start a new life as a teacher. ShI enjoyed the story and look forward to reading more; finding out what comes next for Katie.
She arrives in Dubai to start a new life as a teacher. She only has one old friend there, Niamh, who encourages her to find a new man. The life she left behind in Australia stil haunts her, especially as her mother keep calling her, trying to persuade her to forgive her erstwhile fiance. She caught him in the act with a stripper the day before their wedding. What else would you expect her to do?
Anyway, she soon falls for a rich, handsome Emerati and the hot action begins. And I can tell you that it is VERY hot!
It is good to read an erotica novel with a strong background story. The characters are developed nicely, and there is some variety. My only advice to Katie s she embark son book 2 in the series, would be not to trust anyone. Well, maybe she can trust her old friend, Niamh, but nobody else.
Three very different short stories. I found all three are arousing. The connection is the main protagonist, the leading lady if you like, Leah.
The firThree very different short stories. I found all three are arousing. The connection is the main protagonist, the leading lady if you like, Leah.
The first is about a couple on holiday who get caught in the act on the beach by their neighbouring, Dutch couple, who then join in the action, much to the titilation of all concerned. I enjoyed it and felt as if I were a voyeur watching the scene unfold in front of me. Quite a turn on!
The second is a about "the inbetweener," a man who Leah has on speed-dial to fill the gap between realtionships with wall-to-wall, no-strings-attached sex. It is fun and totally unrealistic, which makes for a high amusement value.
The final story is easily my favourite. Leah observes a hot, younger hunk as she completes her lap in the pool. She retires to the sauna to chill out and who should join her there but the hunk. As the sauna heats up, so does their passion. This is one that is bound to connect with many people who work out in one way or another. Feeling horny after a run or workout is not uncommon so this story could spark fantasies of steamy encounters in the sauna or communal shower area for many of its readers.
It's all a lot of fun and well worth a read. I recommend it.
This book does exactly as is intended: it teases and tantalises and tempts the reader into wanting more. It is a series of prologues and first chapterThis book does exactly as is intended: it teases and tantalises and tempts the reader into wanting more. It is a series of prologues and first chapters of the books of Michael Jecks's Knights Templar series.
I really enjoyed every single one of these stories, and I wanted to read the rest of each book.
There is no need for me to say much more than that, except that I recommend it....more
A very useful little book, packed with information about where to target fillers and what sort of level and content you should aim for in order to havA very useful little book, packed with information about where to target fillers and what sort of level and content you should aim for in order to have them published and, more importantly, get paid for them.
It is spoiled by some production errors such as a whole page being duplicated.
Fantastic value for money. A single paid filler will give a multiple return on investment.
There are more ideas in this book than the average writer could cope with in a lifetime. They may not all be right for you but read this book will be feasting on its fruits for the rest of your life. If you are serious about writing commercial short stories, fillers or even a full length novel, then I advise you to pick up your copy of this book and get stuck into it immediately....more
I just love all of the characters in this series, even the ones who are a little bit miscreant, and I always enjoy the little stories within the mainI just love all of the characters in this series, even the ones who are a little bit miscreant, and I always enjoy the little stories within the main course of each book. Mma Ramotswe always finds a happy conclusion, sometimes when that seems impossible.
is not exception. It is a very good holiday read as it is light and airy and doesn't strain the brain.
As always, the flavour of Botswana is perfectly captured by the author, and I particularly like that Mma Ramotswe and her assistant detective, Mma Makutsi make a brief venture north to Maun in the Okavango Delta.
However, I am beginning to get a little bored with all of the repetition of the attributes of the main main characters and their relationships. I find that the expressions "traditionally built" and "it is well known" have been over-done in the extreme.
Having said that, I'll probably find myself reading another case for the No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency during my 2017 Summer Holiday. It's almost an addiction. One a year is enough though.
Recommended to all lovers of Africa and as a nice light read....more
Declaration of interest: I am the editor of this book.
The author is already well known for her superb children's stories and for a previous thriller,Declaration of interest: I am the editor of this book.
The author is already well known for her superb children's stories and for a previous thriller, Deception. I was delighted to be invited to beta-read and edit her latest book.
It captured me from the first paragraph. I warn you that it is a fairly gruesome tale with lots of blood and flesh [literally] hanging around. The main story is interwoven with a lot of intrigue and a share of puzzles for the detectives and the reader to work out. I am sure that you, like me, will go off down several wrong tracks as you try to solve the mysteries.
What I particularly liked was the way that the characters of the rather strange family members and the detectives are built into the main story. This challenges you to wonder about the possible connections all the way through to the end, which is a shocking reveal.
Talking of shocks, there are a few throughout the book which may startle you.
Eloise De Sousa is a great story-teller and I can guarantee that this one will keep you on the edge of your seat....more