After racing through her previous short, In Santa Fe, Salacious, I was eager to catch the next instalment from Ms Lowe. While In Santa Fe opened withAfter racing through her previous short, In Santa Fe, Salacious, I was eager to catch the next instalment from Ms Lowe. While In Santa Fe opened with more steam than a Turkish Bath-house In Roswell, Re-abducted plunged us straight into a scene right out of the X-Files complete with UFO’s, little green men and a government investigator who uses his visions get to the truth.
Tower is a master of the twist and misdirection; you never know what’s coming next! Her plot lines are woven together like fine cloth and her characters stand out from one another in Technicolor. The story races along at break neck speed with snappy dialogue and vivid detail that will leave you breathless.
Like any great mystery series, Tower reveals enough of the central plot throughout the story to keep you hooked, fingers itching to get hold of the next episode to see if Cinnamon uncovers her mother’s secret. ...more
I found this book through a Group forum on Goodreads and was hooked in by the title. You can’t even read the title in your head without adding a saucyI found this book through a Group forum on Goodreads and was hooked in by the title. You can’t even read the title in your head without adding a saucy timbre to your inner voice. Try it and tell me I’m wrong!
Having read the story the title didn’t disappoint, the opening scene is dripping in sexual tension, innuendo and a strange concoction of asparagus, lentils and blueberries. Once drawn in, Tower doesn’t let you go. Wild and wonderful characters play out a murder mystery that has enough twists and turns to keep Sherlock Holmes satisfied.
The scenes Tower describes are rich enough you can taste the steaming heat of the Santa Fe afternoon and feel the sweat dripping down between your shoulder blades; while the pace keeps you entranced and turning the pages until Marco’s killer is exposed for all to see.
Tower packs a hell of a lot in such a tiny punch and you’re left wanting to dive straight into the next book to follow Cinnamon’s hunt for the secrets of her mother’s disappearance twenty years ago. I did and I’ll be there with her right to the end. ...more
This is one of those stories where as a writer, you instantly hate the author. Hate them because they've come up with a brilliant and unique concept aThis is one of those stories where as a writer, you instantly hate the author. Hate them because they've come up with a brilliant and unique concept and then pulled it off with style, class and finesse. Ok I'm a bit dramatic there, but that's what the jealous green-eyed monster does to me sometimes.
'Still Missing' follows the story of Annie O'Sullivan, a thirty-two year old Realtor, who spends a year at the hands of a twisted sadistic criminal. What follows is a harrowing tale of survival, mind games, loss and betrayal. Chevy Stevens writes with such an engaging immediacy that you can't help being drawn into the action. Your heart pounds with fear as she's tormented by her abductor and the longer-term psychological effects her ordeal has on her, it bleeds as she suffers devastating loss, and swells with joy as she manages to survive, and become triumphant.
But this isn't your typical fluffy tale where everyone lives happily everafter, by the end of the story you know that Annie's road to recovery has only just begun as she sets out on a new path. The characters are intelligently portrayed and each has their own distinct and genuine voice. The writing grabs you on the first page and doesn't let go until you've read the very last page - some five hours later. Yes I read it in one sitting!
Overall, this has to be one of the best books I've read in a long time. I can't wait to get hold of Chevy's next effort....more
I found this book after watching an interview with the author as part of a documentary on BBC3 that tackled the issue of grooming of teenaged girls byI found this book after watching an interview with the author as part of a documentary on BBC3 that tackled the issue of grooming of teenaged girls by older Asian men, turning the girls into sex-slaves. What Emma Jackson said during her interview touched a nerve there was no anger or resent in her, only an acceptance at what happened and her desire to move on with her life, but also a desire to stop what she experienced, happening to other young girls. I'm a writer myself and I'm in the process of penning a story that has this issue as a central theme, so naturally I was interested in learning more, so when Emma Jackson mentioned she had written her own life story, I tracked it down and read it. I read a few reviews that were critical about her lack of sophistication and it felt raw and unpolished. To me her simple, conversational style made it feel as though she was there, in the room, talking to me. I could feel the emotions she described, not because of the eloquence, but because of the lack of it. There’s an adage, less is more, and that’s definitely the case here. Read this book, not because of the elegant writing, not because of the well-defined, skilfully structured narration, but because this is a story of someone’s life, a life stolen, stripped and then rebuilt almost like a phoenix from the ashes. Bravo to Emma for surviving the events in her life, but also for her desire to save others from the fate she encountered....more