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5.0 out of 5 stars Frantic, by Katherine Howell 24 Jan 2011
By Mark A. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been a Paramedic for 30 years and this has been the most accurate and exciting stories I have ever read. You'll feel you are running as an observer in a fast paced Ambulance ride! And then the book becomes full of suspense and intrigue! The action is realistic, the personalities are believable and the story is original! An incredible journey I read in two sittings. (only 'cause I had a case that interrupted me!) For me, it brings back lots of memories. I now work in a rural setting and consider myself semiretired and no longer live (entirely) on adrenaline but after reading this I may reconsider a transfer back to the big smoke! I wish I could put more than five stars, this really is a master work and I can't wait to read the rest of Katherine's work.
Fantastic work Katherine, please write faster!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Frantic not just in title 20 Feb 2012
By SurprisedEwe - Published on Amazon.com
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The name of this novel is "Frantic" and that accurately describes both the feeling that one may have reading it and also the pace of the writing. Far from this being a criticism of the book, it meant that the story was incredibly enjoyable and had that quality about it that made me want to keep reading it to find out what happened.

So the story moves along at a cracking pace, but the characters themselves are believable, with their dialog not seeming forced or over the top. In terms of the story I was kept intrigued the whole way through and marveled at how the seemingly unconnected parts of the plot were coming together. My only criticism of the novel would be that I didn't feel that what was a major plot line was not resolved - I wanted to know what happened (and I won't give any spoilers here). There was also an incident which affects the main character which was also left unanswered and these - very minor - criticisms are what make my score as given above. But otherwise the story was very satisfying through the complete read.

As a final note, I found that there was also a greater sense of story since it was set in Sydney, and while I'm not from Sydney I visit there regularly and know many of the places which are described. This small fact leads to a small but possibly understated extra enjoyment of it. Definitely recommended to those that enjoy a fast paced and exciting crime thriller.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First in the series 23 Jun 2011
By Wozzie29 - Published on Amazon.com
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I discovered Katherine Howell's novels through Sisters in Crime Australia. Wow, what a writer she is! You can tell she writes from her experience as a paramedic but weaves in the police side (Ella Marconi is such a great character)without any stumbles. Read the whole series - the novels go from strength to strength.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful writing, great subjects, characters, plots - and each one better than the last 5 Mar 2014
By Nerodog - Published on Amazon.com
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Skilfully written with very effective alternating of perspectives of police with those of ambulance officers. The medical stuff is interesting. The descriptions of people and situations have a ring of authentic observation. I enjoy the prominence of the female characters. Others on this review forum have criticised the idea of a woman impersonating an ambulance officer and looking for her missing child. I found that quite believable. People who have lost loved ones see them everywhere and it's not a long bow to draw to have them hunt them everywhere. The torture of the doctor at the end was plausible under the circumstances, although I did wonder at the use of adrenaline, but, then again, why not. The commission of a crime by the desperate mother was also believable; desperate crimes do happen, especially when the criminal has their perception manipulated. Like others, I have gone on to read one after another. I have purchased no. 7 but have not yet read it because I wanted to slow my consumption of this rare resource down. Instead I read another brilliant Australian novel by Stephen Orr - One boy missing, which was also utterly engrossing. So, now I am going back to Katherine Howell. I'm pleased to have stumbled over a number of Australian novels through links associated with Howell.
4.0 out of 5 stars Aussie detective story 16 Feb 2014
By Carol Sue - Published on Amazon.com
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Has an interesting perspective more about the other people in the story, with the detective being only half the story line
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