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DON'T LOOK DOWN [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Scott Emmett
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Set in a wintry Germany, DON'T LOOK DOWN is a fast-paced thriller that grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go until the icy denouement in a cave high in a hillside.

When Lauren Keane is kidnapped during a winter break in Nuremberg, she doesn't take it personally. The kidnappers have, after all, mistaken her for her friend Katti. When she finds a dead Albanian cleaning woman in her shower, however, she figures it's time to fight back. Especially as she is now in the frame for the murder.

Along with Wolf, her ex, who's now engaged to the frigid Ingrid, and Gunther, an undercover-or-is-he?-policeman, Lauren sets about trying to find the vanished Katti, nail a bunch of sex-traffickers and discover why the cleaner was brutally murdered.

Not that she delights in putting herself in danger but, if she's ever going to get the chance to buy her presents at the Nuremberg Christmas market, she's going to have to get the mess sorted out somehow.

Barbara Scott Emmett is the author of The Man with the Horn, The Land Beyond Goodbye, Drowning: Four Short Stories and Wasps & Scorpions: Luv Pomes and Other Lies. See details here:


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 567 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
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #491,755 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rollercoaster 5 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is a ride you get on and just cling on for dear life. The irrepressible Lauren gets thoroughly bumped and battered but there's a zing to her story that kept me reading. I knew she would come through it (that's not a spoiler) and that meant all the other threads in the book, some of which were seriously dark, would be pulled through with her. Not everybody gets through, it isn't that kind of book. Dark, fast-paced, exciting. The people you started caring about (and you do start caring about the oddest characters) make it, and the baddies get theirs. A few innocent bystanders have a bad time of it because there's a gritty undercurrent but there's also a kind of looniness at times which is a welcome relief. So is the rather yummy Wolfi. Not enough of him!

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.
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By Gidget
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Snow sparkles on wooded mountains. Nuremberg's Christmas market glows red, gold and green. You can taste the Gluhwein and Bratkartofflen, hear the festive bustle amid the quaint medieval city...
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable thriller 8 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Don't Look Down opens with a scene which is only resolved at the end of the novel, giving us an immediate hook. We have to keep reading to find who, what and why.

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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't look back either! 29 Mar 2012
By nixlyn
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This book has left me a little in two minds. The writing is pretty good, especially the descriptive writing, and the principal characters are well drawn.
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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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a Winner 29 Feb 2012
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DON'T LOOK DOWN reads like the work of a seasoned professional. The story races along engagingly, and the characters are dramatically appealing. The German setting is an interesting change of pace, and you sense that the author has either spent time in Germany or has done a goodly amount of research; whichever of the two it is, the knowledge isn't rammed down the reader's throat, but released in sensible dribs and drabs which are all the more convincing for their brevity. Overall, this is a good read, never less than entertaining.
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