This book was downloaded free from amazon. Thank goodness I didn't pay for it. I would have been really annoyed if I had. I read it through to the endThis book was downloaded free from amazon. Thank goodness I didn't pay for it. I would have been really annoyed if I had. I read it through to the end thinking it could not possibly get any worse but it continued to do so.
I won't bother with any more in the series ...more
I downloaded this book a couple of months ago and have been hesitant about starting it. The reviews I've read seemed to be divided about it. Either loI downloaded this book a couple of months ago and have been hesitant about starting it. The reviews I've read seemed to be divided about it. Either loving it or hating it. I thought the idea of a story told in the voice of a five year old seemed very odd and wasn't sure if I could actually believe the story. By the end of the first page I was well and truly hooked. This is the first book this year that has kept me up past 2am simply because I needed to know what happened next. Ma's determination to provide Jack with the best possible upbringing in the dreadful circumstances she and he are in comes across even more poignantly because Jack does not realise the circumstances of his life are unusual.
I loved this book, I'm sure it will be high on my list of best reads at the end of the year and I will be recommending it to everybody I know. ...more
First book for the Insane Challenge read and out of the way. I've been wanting to read this for ages, I have fond memories of the TV series and the fiFirst book for the Insane Challenge read and out of the way. I've been wanting to read this for ages, I have fond memories of the TV series and the film and wanted to read the book they were based on.
The story is set just before World War I and Richard Hannay has recently arrived in London after having spent most of his life in South Africa and making his fortune there. London is not living up to his expectations and he is becoming bored. He befriends a neighbour who turns out to be a spy. This neighbour informs Richard of a plot that will harm England. When the neighbour is murdered Richard is convinced that he will be accused of the crime and runs away to Scotland. The largest section of the book deals with his time in Scotland and how he avoids the police and the killers of his friend who are now after him.
He eventually returns to London and with the help of senior figures in the British Government foils the plot that would have rendered the British Fleet useless in the upcoming conflict.
Did I enjoy it? When I remembered that it was first published nearly 100 years ago and that words seen as insulting today were considered acceptable then it became more enjoyable but at first I was surprised to the casual use of the term "dago" and "jew"
I found the story very thin (probably why it translated to film so well). None of the other characters were fleshed out at all and the conclusion seemed rushed and unsatisfactory.
While it won't go on my favourites list it wiled away a few hours without a problem.
Frieda Klein is a physiotherapist working in London. She is a solitary soul who wanders the streets of the city in lieu of sleep. As this is the firstFrieda Klein is a physiotherapist working in London. She is a solitary soul who wanders the streets of the city in lieu of sleep. As this is the first in a series a lot of time was spent developing the background and laying hints for things to come before getting on with the action but the book does not suffer because of this. If anything it makes Frieda seems more real and therefore more sympathetic.
Twenty years ago a little girl was snatched off the street as she walked home from school. All her family have suffered in different ways because of the loss, one impossible to come to terms with but remains an open sore forever.
Now it has happened again, a little boy this time. Disappeared into thin air on his way home from school. At the same time Frieda has a patient who is desperate to be a father. He wants a son of his own, one who looks just like him and by coincidence the missing boy fits the description. The back story explaining the history of the patient and fitting all the pieces together was fascinating and although I expected both missing children to be found I was surprised by the twist in the little girl's story.
I wasn't expecting much from this book. It was on offer from Amazon at £0.49 and I thought at that price there was nothing to lose. I surprised myself by how much I enjoyed it. It was a gripping thriller with enough twists and turns so that nothing was predictable but at the same time it remained believable. I will be keeping my eyes open for the other books in this series....more