Room 119: The Whitby Trader
Following the advice of a frail stranger, Dean sets off for Welnetham Hall Hotel and is plunged into the mysterious world of Room 119 – a world where nothing makes sense. How doe ...more
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If never been to the Sea side town you not know that it's beautiful place but it's climb those steps you feel as if are trapped in memory of steps. This about Whitby Trader and his son Dean it's important you know about Whitby but it's not set in Whitby .
Dean Harrison is rich business man with money to burn has lovely wife, fast car & very ...more
For some readers, the beginning of the book might be a lit ...more
I haven't been disappointed though. It has a most unusual theme centred around the ...more
Room 119: The Whitby Trader was one of those books that I wasn't quite sure what to think when it was given to me. A first novel by a new author. Those tend to make me nervous. I have found that they are either fantastic, decent, or just not that good. I went into this book with only having skimmed the blurb because I wanted a clean slate going into it.
It started out on a high note which both excites me and makes me nervous. Start out too high and you can only ...more
I received a free eBook copy from the author in exchange of an honest review
Firstly, I want to give a huge thank you to T.F. Lince for issuing me with a review copy of this novel.
The story evolves around Dean Harrison, a trader who does his job exceptionally well. He has the image of a perfect life. He lives in a London penthouse apartment, he has a beautiful wife and daughter and a nice and fast car. However, things begin to change and Dean soon...more
With the dry British humor, there were a lot of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged - all of which culminated in a satisfying conclusion.
With Lince's first foray into writing, he has done an exceptionally good job!
Part mystery, part thriller, part fantasy, part romance, this book and its twisty-turny plot are a feather in Lince' cap, a beautiful rose in his lapel.
I came upon this book by pure luck/coincidence and am obviously glad that I did. I understand that
Lince had a dream/dreams from which this plot evolved.
I just have one sentence of advice for you, Trevor: go back to bed and dream up another one. ...more
I have to admit, I'm a little worried as to how it will end.........sniff sniff or sigh of relief!
Oh my goodness, it took me several chapters to understand where this story was heading, but once my brain had finally grabbed the reins, I couldn't let go.
It's a great storyline, that brings home a moral understan ...more
The story has got so many elements to it that I was really drawn in and had to read constantly from half way through to find out how it ended.
Dean is struggling with the work/life balance and his wife gets to the point where she’s had enough. He also has problems at work so basically he reaches rock bottom.
He gets asked to stay in Room 119 at a hotel and so he thinks ‘why not?’
You start thinking it’s going to be a typical spooky ghost story. I went into it thinking it was going to be a cliche.
I really need to stop thinking I know how a story is going to be!
This isn’t a ghost story, it is much deeper than that.
It’s wonderfully written, thought provoking and moving whilst still remaining humourous in places where it’s needed to be.
I don’t want to spoil the book for you, but please go in wit ...more
If it wasn't a recommendation i doubt I would have read this book, but I'm over the moon that I did. The twists and turns kept you on your toes. I gasped, cried and I think I stopped breathing near the end. I couldn't read fast enough.
I do have one or two questions, but don't want to spoil the fun for anyone.
One note though - the Irish jockey's name should be spelt Séamus.
However when things start going seriously wrong for Dean was when I began become intrigued. That fascination continued for the rest of the book. It is diffic ...more
The first while is slow but you need the background, you’ll see why!!
I don’t want to say much because I don’t want to ruin the book for you, but just WOW. Gripping storyline, and not an expected one either!
The writing style was great, easy to read and drags you into what’s going on, i both admired and wanted to slap the main character to begin with haha
I couldn’t put it down once i got a few chapters into it, and then when he gets to room 119 the book just gets better! Brilliantly written, I r ...more
But then Lince draws us onto some rather unexpected journeys, forcing the reader to contend with some rather pressing (but difficult ...more
Whitby is one of my favourite places, I especially love the history behind the town, so when I had the opportunity to read Room 119 and it’s links to Whitby, I jumped at the chance!
You cannot fail to be entertained by this book. It draws you in, grabs you and will not let you go. It’s an atmospheric read with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. I don’t want to give any spoilers away, suffice to say I highly recommend this great debut ...more
I have to admit, it wasn’t what I’d expected as I started reading. The storyline flips at about 30% into a chaotic world of weirdness which I loved.
I was able to relate to the characters and found Dean learnt the lessons in his life that needed changing for his life to move forward.
The plot was very twisted and there were a load of threads through the book that tied up well by the end. I loved ho ...more
Based on one man's chance at redemption, it highlights what should be important in our lives.
There are parallel story threads that move beautifully together.
The pace is frenetic at times and the reader is drawn into the race.
The cast of characters and the interesting story made it a wonderful read for me.
1. Characters ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Dean Harrison is a stock trader.
Dexter Falconer is Dean's boss; he owns Falconer International.
Oliver Steadman-Fisher is a whiz kid who works with Dean.
Sarah Harrison is Dean's wife.
Jodie Harrison is Dean's and Sarah's daughter.
2. Plot ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (SPOILER ALERT!!SKIP THIS IF YOU DON'T WANT TO SEE TOO MUCH)
Dean Harrison is a stock trader and is a very good one. He hits all his stock targets and Dexter Falconer congratulates him for his good work. ...more
I have to admit I didn't like the main character at first, he was driven by greed at work and paid very little attention to his wife and daughter. That changed as the book progressed and by the end of the book I loved him!
A brilliant debut from this author, I hope there are more to come.
There were certain parts where it was obvious it was the a ...more
This is an oustanding debut novel! It kept me reading well into the night as I could not put it down. It is hard to define this as belonging to any one genre as it is definitely a thriller, ...more
This book surprised me. It wasn’t what I expected at all. I had mixed feelings while reading it but at the end I felt connected to the characters and very happy with the resolution of the story.
"I can't stop reading. I just have to know." Is something I kept saying to myself throughout this book. There were times during reading it that I felt the suspense and I could imagine the scenes being straight out of a movie.
The clown ...more
The story keeps you engaged from start to finish. I didn’t take to Dean at first, thought he was a little self-centred but as the story and his journey unfolded I felt myself warming to him and willing him to find his way.
This is a brilliant book and without revealing too much I will say it does make you stop and think about what happens when. I will definitely be recommending it to others.
For this being his debut novel, T F Ounce knocked it out of the park! This book is well written and the story is beyond superb! I really loved reading it from start to finish. There was never a dull moment. I can't wait to read more of Lince's books.
It’s a great story with some great feel-good moments. It put me through all of my emotions and at one point I was ‘Oh no, you’re kidding’.
The characters are engaging, the writing is ‘easy reading’, but ...more
Their daughter, Annie, is a very good guitarist and is setting up a band, playing every pub in the North East that she can. She’s so rock and roll, living the dream while her father is approaching his mid-life crisis.
A keen golfer and frustrated Middlesbrough FC fan, ...more