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Pompomberry House [Paperback]

Rosen Trevithick
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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: FeedaRead.com (19 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781765928
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781765920
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.5 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,332,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Rosen is a British bestselling author, who writes fiction for children and adults.

She was born in Cornwall and grew up on Restronguet Creek. She studied Experimental Psychology at St Catherine's College, Oxford, before moving back to the West Country. She now lives in Falmouth with two imaginary cats, fantasising about getting a real one.

In 2011 Rosen was an aspiring author. Writing was a hobby. The following January sales of her Kindle books took off. Readers have now downloaded over a quarter of a million copies of Rosen's books.

Rosen has a variety of books in print including Pompomberry House and Seesaw, as well as over a dozen digital titles.

In 2013 she founded the Smelly Troll series - children's chapter books written by Rosen and illustrated by Katie W. Stewart. Book one, The Troll Trap, has inspired hundreds of children to try their hand at creative writing.

Rosen writes in a variety of genres with a strong leaning towards comedy. She has also dabbled with psychological fiction and mystery writing.

She loves wild swimming, mountain biking, interesting boots, quiffs, 'sampling' chocolate and cooking tasty treats. She dislikes house spiders, doing laundry and people putting costumes on their cats.

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Book Description

A writer's retreat seemed the perfect chance for Dee Whittaker to take her mind off her marital difficulties.

However, she meets five of the most hideous writers ever to have mastered a qwerty keyboard, and her problems quickly multiply.Things escalate further when the handyman winds up dead.

After fleeing from the island, Dee attempts to get her life back on track but begins to notice that something strange is going on. The stories written on the island are coming true and hers is next - complete with a murder.

Her estranged husband makes an unlikely sidekick as the two of them try to stop the literary copycat killing an innocent woman.

Packed with topical references, Pompomberry House provides a satirical look at the emerging world of indie publishing.

About the Author

Rosen Trevithick is a number 1 bestselling author of humorous fiction.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dee-light! 7 Oct 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Reading 'Pompomberry House' by Rosen Trevithick has assured me that 'Seesaw' was no one-off. This author can write! When you relax reading a book, it's because you know you are in safe hands. Well, you're in safe hands here.

As an independent author myself, I was delighted and amused by Kindle, forum, and other author references dotted throughout the book. There is much to enjoy here for non-writers too though. The book is funny, very funny in parts. The author has a turn of phrase that is comical and some descriptions are truly laugh-out-loud.

I admit that about a third of the way through the book, I began to worry. How could the idea of a group of writers writing stories that seemed to come true stretch out for a full-length book? It all seemed to become a little predictable. But then, the book takes on the form of a thriller (still laced with humour) and we are following Dee and her husband (in a will they, won't they relationship) as they try to unravel the truth about what went on at Pompomberry House.

By the time I had finished the book, I was struck by something. 'Pompomberry House' is clever. When we follow the characters through to their conclusions, the whole thing comes together nicely and it is hugely satisfying. The book has clearly been well thought out.

Featuring a cast of grotesque comical characters, and a central couple I grew to like, 'Pompomberry House' is a delight. Fun, dark, and very clever.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 29 Sep 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Firstly, I really hope that I can review this book without making any spelling, grammar or punctuation errors!

This is an absolute corker of a read - based around six writers from an online forum who attend a course in an isolated island house somewhere in Cornwall in order to produce an anthology of stories. Sounds boring, but then the stories they write start to come true and the reader is in for a cracking read as Dee, seemingly the only sane author at the house, tries to solve the mystery of what is going on along with her estranged husband Gareth. We therefore have a book with a touch of murder mystery, comedy, horror (with murderous seagulls) and relationship problems - quite a lot of action for one read!

The book is full of humour, taking the mickey out of online forums, indie writers and amazon reviewers (hence the worry about making spelling mistakes in this review). The characters for the most part are over the top caricatures and completely unlikeable with hardly any redeeming features, but all mixed together and in the context of this book, they just totally work 100%. If it were a "serious" book or in the hands of a less talented writer, then admittedly the plot would also be deemed to be over the top and far-fetched, but in this story, again, it just works.

To sum up, at first glance the plot and characters seem doomed but thanks to the author's storytelling skills it all pulls together wonderfully and the end result is a fantastic unputdownable read. Well written, funny and with an original storyline, it is certainly an example of what a lot of indie authors should be striving to produce, but so often fail at. Highly recommended!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Satire, murder and seagulls 4 Aug 2012
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Self-published authors have gained more public attention in the last couple of years than ever before, as ebooks have reduced the cost of production, and increased the scope for distribution. Now, you can debate the extent to which this is a good thing, but there's an undeniable curiosity about the phenomenon. Rosen Trevithick - already a successful self-published writer, has taken the zeitgeist's pulse, looked at her fellow authors (and, I suspect, at herself), and judged that the time was right to satirise the growing trend of self-published writers.

Pompomberry House, however, has wider aims than just satirising the pompous, deluded arrogant writers who think they're bringing down a centuries old publishing industry with hackneyed romance and thriller novels. Hilariously observed as these parts of the book are, these grotesques are an easy target for mockery, and probably self-indulgent to boot. So Trevithick combines this 300 page satire with a sinister murder mystery, and a dash of chick-lit flustering.

The plot twists and turns, and regular readers of mystery fiction will spot some of the twists, but by no means all of them. There is real humour and heartbreak among the disappearing evidence, sinister clues and huge red herrings. Everyone gets a dig in the ribs, from the deluded authors themselves, to fanatical readers and acerbic reviewers. Whatever the future has in store for books and publishing, Pompomberry House is an entertaining and solidly written snapshot of the 'indie' scene as it exists now, and far more accurate and plausible than some readers (ie, other authors) will like to admit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pomponberry House 28 April 2013
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A free Kindle download which I did not finish. It's not often that I do not get to the end of a book but this one just did not grab my attention. Pleased I didn't pay for it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge this author's work by this 24 Dec 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
So this is supposed to be a satire. Sorry Rosen I don't think you pulled it off.
I thought that you tackled the emotional relationship between Dee and her estranged husband with your usual aplomb and managed to create some of the atmosphere of Agatha Christie's Ten Little Nigg... at Pompomberry House but the overall impression of this book is just plain silly.
Satire does require some silly but should be done with subtlety or believability to work.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good until the last few chapters
This book had so much promise at the start, and to be fair I did like the authors humour. However, the storyline concluded in such a rediculous way that I ended up feeling really... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Jackie S
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
A good product and a good price......very effective reading in the sunshine when we have some.....a very good value product
Published 28 days ago by Trudy
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
I absolutely loved this book! It is brilliantly written, funny with great twists. I will be recommending it to all my friends.
Published 2 months ago by Doots1975
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky murder story
I enjoyed this book because it was quirky and different , not read anything by Rosen Trevithick before but I would read other books of hers .
Published 7 months ago by Chriswebb
5.0 out of 5 stars My new favorite writer
Very original idea and well evolve, lots of characters to play with but Rosen has done a good job. I like over all the touches of humor along the story. Read more
Published 9 months ago by marysun
1.0 out of 5 stars Give it a miss.
I found this book too far fetched and only finished it out of curiosity rather than looking for word to finding out what happened .
Published 10 months ago by Patricia Rea
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
Glad I didn't pay for this one. Took me a while to get into it and I thought the storyline was ridiculous. I am one of those people who has to finish a book once started. Read more
Published 11 months ago by AKothary
4.0 out of 5 stars Never trust an indie writer!
Indie writers are mad, bad, self-important, vain AND murderous! Who, among the horrible crew gathered at a writers' seminar in the eponymous building (how I've longed to use that... Read more
Published 13 months ago by SALLYKATE
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply superb
This is the story of a group of indie authors who go on a writing retreat and basically things go down hill from there. Read more
Published 13 months ago by M. Brookes
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange but enjoyable!
Well I DID find this slightly peculiar! On the whole, really quite fun but with some quite dark patches thrown in along the way. Read more
Published 14 months ago by helenm
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