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The Sweetest Poison

(Pitfourie #1)

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3.60  ·  Rating details ·  10 ratings  ·  8 reviews

When life has cast you in the role of victim, how do you find the strength to fight back?

When she was eight years old, Helen Clack was bullied so mercilessly that she was driven to a desperate act. Now she is being targeted once more, but this time her tormentor’s identity is shrouded in doubt.

When her life starts to disintegrate, she flees home to the wilds of north-eas

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Kindle Edition, 442 pages
Published April 30th 2019
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Sandee
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ereader
This story engaged my curiosity from the start. I had to find out how it ended and it had a satisfactory end. The characters are varied and interesting. The relationships are challenging and broken. The mystery is excellent. I didn't like the timeline. This book is very long because the story starts when Helen is very young and then then a few years later and then a few years later and so on. The final consistent timeline starts about 40% of the way into the book and then I couldn't put it down. ...more
Cath
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
The start of this book has the main character being called Hel’nie and being bullied and made fun of in primary school. The only person who comes to her aid is Hector, future Laird of Pitfourie. He protected her from her best friend Suzanne and the boy, Rob, who her friend followed, as they picked on her and made fun of her, whether that was by fear or need. He was her hero and she looked up to him from an early age, even thinking herself in love with him. Why he did what he did, you have to wai ...more
Lain
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up for review a little trepidatious at its length, but once I got going, I just couldn't stop. For me, this one was a real page-turner, and one that I actually thought about during the day when I wasn't reading it, and one that I'm still thinking about now.

The author states on her website that she set out to write a saga-style series where we could get to know the characters thoroughly, including their complexities, contradictions and flaws, over time. Her style reminded me o
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Linda
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
😲Fraught with suspense stem to stern; rural hijinks end in tragedy🤕
August 10, 2019
Format: Kindle Edition
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I loved the Scottish setting of this story, and the constant state of anxiety and suspense, starting with MC Helen Clack's morbid focus on ridding herself of the school bully who has chosen her for his most egregious attacks. The small town setting made young Helen's situation all the more horrible. Hector, the local Laird's son and her occasional champion, becomes a central character in he
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Jamie Brydone-Jack
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, mystery, scottish
It is hard to know what to say about this book. For one thing, it is very long. Now, I have read some long books in my day—a couple of eight- and nine-hundred-page books by Katherine LeVeque come to mind—so I'm no stranger to long fiction. But for a book that is supposed to be a mystery, which should have some tight suspense—and it's even listed as a thriller—the length felt ponderous; it was not a page-turner. I felt like the book was paced too slowly, and the story did sometimes meander off in ...more
kathleen
Aug 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
Although I applaud any writer dedicated to their craft, I could not give more than a one-star rating to Jane Renshaw’s mystery The Sweetest Poison.
On three different occasions I tried to ‘get into’ reading this book, and my fourth time was not the charm! Characters are hard to follow and are not adequately introduced before they appear in the text. Scottish words are frequently utilized, but with no explanation as to what these words mean. This oversight requires that you must stop reading and r
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Peggy
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting read... I wasn't too sure how I was feeling about reading this at first. But I didn't give up on the book. I found this book well written and the plot was good so that wasn't the case at all. I struggle with some things in real life that while reading this book reflected on it to some degree as I struggle with people who lie. But other than that I did find it to be an interesting read and very glad that I kept with it!
Cherie Melbourne
Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it
The Sweetest Poison

It took me a while to get into this story, I found it easy to put down and walk away and at one time a was ready to give up. I persevered and made it to the end, the story got better, probably about the time that Damian and Hector came back into the story. I think it was Helen's character that put me off, I didn't like her, I'm not a fan of people who tell lies.
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