- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1759 KB
- Print Length: 286 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Pentalpha Publishing Edinburgh (27 Nov. 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006FK6VV6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #487,159 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
Every now and then I remember I read for escapism and this rollercoaster book, set convincingly in Germany, is pretty escapist. It was an interesting read and I roared through it in one sitting.
I put a post on a reviewing site saying I was looking for stuff to read, and would review. I was offered over 40 books and this was one of the 5 I chose, it lived up to its promise. My thanks to the author for sending me the book.
Well, that's the backdrop. This is a snow crunchingly, breathtakingly fast thriller. Scott Emmett deftly weaves cinematic, adrenalin pumping action with the plight of women trafficked for sex. Her principal character Lauren Keane is one tough cookie; she needs to be to survive all this. The other characters are well drawn, especially the absent, kidnapped Katti, brought to life inside Keane's mind by description of her clothes, her flat, her going through life in a faintly drug induced haze. And in this dark, northern story, the hero, Wolf Hauer, has a jumper...
Don't Look Down is a contrast with Scott Emmett's deep and languid Australian aboriginal tale, The Land Beyond Goodbye, also for sale on Amazon, suggesting a writer of great versatility and skill.
Lauren Keane flies to Germany to visit an old friend, Katti Hauer. But Katti is missing and her brother, Wolf, with whom Lauren shares a past blighted by a broken love affair, meets Lauren's flight in Katti's place. Lauren and Katti look very much alike, especially when Lauren is wearing Katti's clothes. As a result, she is mistaken for Katti and kidnapped in her place. Lauren must fight for her life and sanity, while also trying to find and save her missing friend.
The plot has many layers, leaving Lauren not knowing who is friend and who is foe. Revenge, the sex trade, drugs and people trafficking all combine to give us a complex plot and plenty of reasons for the characters to produce twist after twist.
The story is set against a bitter winter backdrop and Scott-Emmett brings Nuremberg and the surrounding area vividly to life. From the moment the heroine, Lauren Keane, leaves the airport on her arrival the settings are flawless. Not once did the descriptions of town and country feel intrusive, they simply added depth to the storytelling.
The characterisation is good and the hero, Wolf Hauer, is gorgeous enough for fall for, but not so overwhelmingly handsome that he doesn't seem real. Let's put it this way, I wouldn't mind riding pillion on his bike as Lauren does at the beginning of the novel.
The book was marred (very) slightly for me by guessing correctly early on who the mole was, but this didn't spoil my overall enjoyment of what was a very entertaining read.
My gripes with this book are mostly about the story construction and the basic plot.
A woman kidnapped and her father, who has been estranged for years and is known by all to be selfish and uncaring, is sent a ransom demand by two sets of kidnappers. The kidnappers know what he is like and I find it hard to believe that, in the final analysis they would expect him to pay.
The kidnappers, for the most part are extremely stupid - they make Inspector Clouseau look like a genius. The reasoning of the main character is also extremely faulty but I guess you have to make mistakes to get kidnapped although she escapes several times due to the sheer ineptitude of these kidnappers. I don't think that the book is supposed to be humorous so found the constant 'toing and froing' a bit irritating.
In other words the writing was good and the pace was fine the story was just not engaging enough and the outcome was fairly predictable.
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