A completely compelling book. I read this 4 months ago and a quick scan of the synopsis brought back all of the emotions to my mind.
The story is superA completely compelling book. I read this 4 months ago and a quick scan of the synopsis brought back all of the emotions to my mind.
The story is superbly put together, with the twists and turns putting the reader in Maggie's state of confusion, where nothing is certain. Throughout, the relationships and reactions were real and realistic...I was totally immersed throughout my reading, hurting and healing with Maggie and the others. Like Maggie, I both needed to learn and dreaded finding out exactly what happened. There isn't a fairytale ending, but rather a real life ending, with hope.
Thank you, NetGalley, for the chance to read this brilliant book.
Why oh why does my kindle "archive" (aka delete) non-Amazon books from its memory??? Flipping annoying and very inconvenient when I'm working my way through a bunch of NG ARCs....Grrrrr ...more
Spoiler alert: there are a few plot reveals in this review; I have tried to keep them to a minimum and they are only there to explain my points.
This wSpoiler alert: there are a few plot reveals in this review; I have tried to keep them to a minimum and they are only there to explain my points.
This was an excellent story with lots of tension and plot twists. The story moves along at a good pace; sometime a small pause in the headlong rush to make an important aspect clearer to the reader would be useful, I think. A little polishing to the writing style would turn Dancing with the Boss from a good book into a great book.
There were a couple of problems with the kindle formatting, but I put these down to this being a NetGalley ARC – time to iron out such issues before publication. For the record, I found that the chapters ran into one another and that the word was printed “chaPTer” each time. The first letter of the first paragraph of each chapter was lower case and printed on its own line.
Whilst talking about style and formatting, there were a couple of other points I wanted to mention: I found the direct speech internal monologue inserts clumsy and distracting; finding another way to include these elements would improve the book for me. There was a classic spelling mistake: at one point Mr Hernandez became Mr Fernandez, but quickly reverted. Was this a typo or a previous incarnation, I wondered!
For me the book was somewhat spoiled by a couple of, to me, daft plot happenings. These made the main character, Annie, appear, in my eyes at least, rather stupid.
In the first place, having done some quite clever sleuthing and discovered not one but two vital pieces of information into the crime, she heads off, for an indeterminate time, and leaves both pieces of evidence behind! I'm not sure how she planned to investigate (her intention) without at least copies.
Secondly, towards the end of the book, when Annie and her sister are ensconced as investigators, she suddenly produces a huge amount of information from here friend, Rhino, who died some months earlier. No previous mention of this data was made...and given the desperate nature of their need to solve the crime and find those responsible, why would Annie sit on this information?? Non sequiturs like these really annoy me in books.
Despite these areas which I believe can be improved, I enjoyed reading Dancing with the Boss. I found the characters for the most part reasonably well drawn; the polishing I mentioned earlier would include refining their description and bahviours a little, removing a touch of the stereotype that tends to creep in. I mostly cared about what happens to the characters; in some cases, the minor characters were in better focus that the major ones!
I recommend this book to ladies who love thrillers and mysteries. I suspect most of the men who read this genre would not enjoy the romance aspect. Personally, I feel this adds to the book, but thought it could be a little less front and centre, but rather a little more subtle. In some ways, I thought Dancing with the Boss couldn't make its mind up if it were a thriller or a romance: I guess I was looking for it to be a thriller first and foremost! Dancing with the Boss is an enjoyable, entertaining read and I would pick up other books by Clare Gutierrez without hesitation.
I thank Clare Gutierrez and her publisher for making this book available to me through NetGalley. This review appears there and a longer one appears here...more
[2012-07-03] Yay!! my book arrived today - with a lovely bookmark :-) I couldn't resist and so started the book when I got home. It's a lovely story,[2012-07-03] Yay!! my book arrived today - with a lovely bookmark :-) I couldn't resist and so started the book when I got home. It's a lovely story, well written.
[2012-07-04] I finished this book sitting in the car after my hospital appointment! A fuller review will follow, when real life lets me, so ust to say now how much I enjoyed the story, with just a few niggles about plot holes and daft character reactions (the German Police would have contacted British Police & Interpol, so a link would have been made earlier). Now I need to read the second in series, which is due out soon.... Thanks to Glyn and Goodreads Giveaways for the copy of the book and the opportunity to discover a new author :-)...more
[2012-04-12] My book has arrived :o) Thank you Mozchops for choosing me to win one of your books on First Reads.
[21012-04-12 1900] Thought I'd have a[2012-04-12] My book has arrived :o) Thank you Mozchops for choosing me to win one of your books on First Reads.
[21012-04-12 1900] Thought I'd have a quick look - read the whole book! The artwork is amazing; beautifully detailed and excellently imagined and executed. Close enough to real life to be recognisable, different enough to be magical. The story is simple in outline, but amazingly detailed and complex in execution - just like life.
A definite "must read" for all ages.
I am so pleased I won this book, it's not something I would normally pick-up - now I know what I've been missing!
[2012-07-30] After an appalling delay... my ...more
I received a kindle copy of Shattered after responding to an announcement on goodreads by Donna Ball that she was looking for reviewers for her latestI received a kindle copy of Shattered after responding to an announcement on goodreads by Donna Ball that she was looking for reviewers for her latest book. Having read (and reviewed) several of Donna's other books, I was delighted when Donna accepted my offer.
Shattered lived up to my expectations and is a tense “who-done-it” with lots of twists and turns. I felt the psychological effects on the victims were extremely well portrayed.
If I have any niggles about Shattered, they are minor. I felt that, in the first part of the book, we were told too many times, in almost the same words, how animosity-filled had been Carol and Guy's divorce: I got it the first time; I was fed of hearing about it by the third time. I didn't feel retelling it added to the story but rather slowed down the pace of the beginning of the book.
The various threads of the characters' – major and minor – lives are beautifully interwoven, resulting in a tapestry of a story that needs to be read more than once to find all the clues as they first appear.
I particularly enjoyed that the story changes viewpoint regularly – that way the reader gets to see much more of the action. This technique adds to the tension for the reader as we can see the pitfalls and traps ahead of characters and thus will them not to fall in, whilst suspecting that they will do so anyway.
So in summary: buy Shattered! It is a little slow to start, with an element of repetition, but once the suspense starts to build and the status quo is challenged, it is a tense page-turner.
Thank you, Donna, for giving me the opportunity to review this book. I hope that Shattered gains the critical and commercial success due to it.
I bought this edition of the play in the interval at the 2007 Bristol Old Vice production. I had not read the play before, nor seen the Gerald DepardiI bought this edition of the play in the interval at the 2007 Bristol Old Vice production. I had not read the play before, nor seen the Gerald Depardieu film before them.
It is a timeless story of love, friendship and integrity.
I got the D Peltzer triology in a single volume from a charity shop. Reading it straight through, I found inconsistancies between the books and closedI got the D Peltzer triology in a single volume from a charity shop. Reading it straight through, I found inconsistancies between the books and closed the volume with a feeling that I'd been lied to by the author.
I simply wouldn't recommend this or either of the others to anyone....more
It was ok. As with a lot of free kindle books, the plot outline and premise are good, but the lack of writing craft means the book doesn't live up toIt was ok. As with a lot of free kindle books, the plot outline and premise are good, but the lack of writing craft means the book doesn't live up to the promise. I'm writing this review several months after reading the book, and as it's a kindle copy, I can't flick through and randomly read bits and remind myself of more detail. There were plot holes and non-sequitors, there were less than optimal dialogue exchanges and characters acting in very odd and unlikely ways.
Lots of reviewers have liked it, so if it's still on the free list, I'd say go for it. I'm not sure I'd pay full book price for it though....more