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The Flavours of Love [Kindle Edition]

Dorothy Koomson
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (417 customer reviews)

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Book Description

'I'm looking for that perfect blend of flavours; the taste that used to be you.'

It's been 18 months since my husband was murdered and I've decided to finish writing The Flavours of Love, the cookbook he started before he died. Everyone thinks I'm coping so well without him - they have no idea what I've been hiding or what I did back then to protect my family. But now that my 14-year-old daughter has confessed a devastating secret, and my husband's killer, who was never caught, has started to write to me, I know it's only a matter of time before the truth about me and what I've done will be revealed.

My name is Saffron Mackleroy and this is my story.


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'A must-read that will have you gripped' ***** Heat.

'Another moving and thought-provoking read, this lives up to expectations' Cosmopolitan.

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'I'm looking for that perfect blend of flavours; the taste that used to be you.'
It's been 18 months since my husband was murdered and I've decided to finish writing The Flavours of Love, the cookbook he started before he died. Everyone thinks I'm coping so well without him - they have no idea what I've been hiding or what I did back then to protect my family. But now that my 14-year-old daughter has confessed a devastating secret, and my husband's killer, who was never caught, has started to write to me, I know it's only a matter of time before the truth about me and what I've done will be revealed.
My name is Saffron Mackleroy and this is my story.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1614 KB
  • Print Length: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EDOBZGW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (417 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,182 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

I wrote my first (unpublished) novel when I was 13 - and I've been making up stories ever since.

After finishing my masters degree, I had several temping jobs before getting my big break in journalism working on small newspaper. In the evenings I continued to write fiction and in 2001 I had the idea for The Cupid Effect. Two years later it hit the shelves and my career as a published novelist began.

In 2006 my third novel, My Best Friend's Girl, was published and was selected for the Richard & Judy Summer Reads Book Club - going on to sell over 500,000 copies. To date I've written six bestseller list books, and they have been translated into 28 languages across the world.

I live near Brighton and am currently working on another book and a screenplay. Find out more info at www.dorothykoomson.co.uk

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unsatisfying read 8 July 2014
By Jay
Format:Paperback
This novel is accessible women's fiction, with a darker edge. It's narrated by Saffron Mackleroy whose husband was murdered 18 months earlier. Saffron has a lot to cope with: her 14 year old daughter has just shared a big secret, Saffron has a difficult relationship with food, and her husband's killer has started writing to her and threatening her family. Can she hold her life together and recover from her husband's devastating death?

Dorothy Koomson has an easy, readable style and is a good storyteller. However the novel is incredibly farfetched - we are supposed to believe that Saffron knew who killed her husband from the start but didn't turn the murderer in because of a big secret involving her daughter. By halfway through I was losing patience and by the time the secret is revealed the book fell completely flat, as the 'secret' is really small and contrived. The ending is also wrapped up far, far too neatly for my liking.

It's an ok read, but this lack of plausibility makes it unsatisfying.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I miss the good old days 28 Sept. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I miss the good old days where a DK book promised you good, simple story lines and deep, intricate characters who led full lives on and off the page. Where is the soul that was in Marshmallows For Breakfast or Goodnight Beautiful? I'm missing it in this book (and actually in the last three). It is an interesting enough premise, but there was not much growth in any of the characters. Felt a little cheap. I think we're falling further and further down the 'thriller' genre hole and losing the magic that made me fall in love with DK to begin with.

Here's what I really want to say. I love DK, but she writes the same four characters in all her books. There is always the black, insecure female protagonist who is best friends with a white woman who always turns out to be vicious and betrays her. There is always a white male love interest who is purely for sex, and a black male love interest who has a heart of gold, but who she never ends up with. I want to see something different, I want to see DK write a book with different characters.

I hope the spark that was in the earlier novels returns, until then, I think I'll look elsewhere.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This was a book I couldn’t put down, but ... 15 Oct. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was a book I couldn’t put down, but not because it held my interest.. Half way through the book I was ready to give up, but was determined to finish it and so reading on became more a mission than an enjoyable exercise. Koomson has tried but for me, failed to get into the thriller genre. A lot of the ‘suspense’ fell flat and the 'big secret' wasn’t much of a secret at all. It's sometimes the simple things that can jarr when reading a novel and for me, I wonder why Koomson's black female leads always have long straight hair, and I know few black mothers for whom a shrug would be an acceptable response from their pregnant 14 yr old daughter.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Thrilling Read 11 Jan. 2014
Format:Hardcover
Thank you to the wonderful publication house Quercus for kindly sending me a Hardback cover of this twisted novel. Psychological thrillers aren't usually my cup of tea and I requested it, thinking it was a love story which it kind of was, but holy moly! What a novel.

From start to finish, I was hooked. The letters from the husband's killer were just incredible and they even made me look around at my surroundings, just in case...

The prologue and first chapter were both jam-packed with drama and the big reveal about Saffron's daughter, Phoebe, was extremely shocking and I absolutely loved reading about how that particular storyline unfolded. It did at times take over the husband's killer storyline but once the letters began to arrive, the two combined perfectly.

In terms of the killer, very little was revealed and I did have my own ideas right from the beginning yet I was wrong about who the killer was. In my opinion, I think more should have been revealed as I finished the book only knowing two things about the husband's killer - the gender and why they murdered him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great read 30 April 2014
By Mad Sez
Format:Paperback
Without wanting to give too much away, there were several themes to this book, in addition to the main theme of an unsolved murder. Sometimes this can make for a bitty read where nothing really fits in or is tackled in detail, however I think Dorothy Koomson tackles the themes really well and they all link in perfectly to each other, enhancing the main storyline and adding depth.
On the negative side, the book felt too long for me at times and I wanted to get to the end, I think maybe the characterisation in this book was not as strong as in others of this genre. There are some books where the characters stay with you after you have finished reading, unfortunately this was not one of those books. Also, I agree with some others on here, the reason why Saffron withholds information from the police about the day of the murder doesn't seem justifiable, which disappointed me and was the one thing about the book that was unrealistic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 22 Aug. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Disappointingly slow moving and repetitive. Reading on kindle, I thought I was accidentally turning back pages but no, the same thought processes occurred time and time again. The food theme was not really used much in the book. Apart from the blackberries on the floor, over and over again!
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