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The Naked Room [Kindle Edition]

Diana Hockley
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Book Description

When classical pianist Ally Carpenter goes missing during a night out with friends, the implications stretch far beyond her disappearance. Veteran detective, Senior Sergeant Susan Prescott, believes that sexual predators may have abducted Ally. However, after two women with connections to the Carpenters are murdered, she realises there may be more to the crime than at first thought.
While Prescott puts all her efforts into solving the crime, those close to Ally battle their own turmoil. Friendships become strained and secrets come to light as Ally's terrified mother, Eloise, is forced to confront the lie she has perpetuated for 26 years. Cellist, Briece Mochrie―determined to discover what has happened to the girl he loves―is swept into a dangerous undertow of murder and revenge. The kidnappers have their own agenda; Ally's life is on the line.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1910 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0977587061
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Z1U4MY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #190,906 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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website: www.dianahockley.webs.com

Diana Hockley lives in a small Queensland country town, with her husband, Andrew and seven pet rats. They have three adult children and three grandchildren. The couple do a lot of community volunteer work.

Diana is a dedicated reader, and produces and presents a weekly classical radio program on community radio. She and her husband once owned a mouse circus which travelled throughout Queensland and northern New South Wales.The Hockleys bred Scottish Highland cattle until their retirement.

The Hockleys are very supportive of animal welfare organisations such as SPANA, World Wildlife Fund, Animals Asia, PETA, Animals Rahat (Indian arm of Peta)the RSPCA and the Animal Welfare League. Diana is one of three people who comprise Brisbane Rat Rescue.

Diana has written and published a large number of short stories and articles. Her work has been published in Australia, the UK and USA. She edits, writes and reviews for the Californian online magazine, Kings River Life. Diana also Beta reads occasionally.

Her first novel, The Naked Room, was published in 2010.

Diana says, "The premise for Naked Room came about while I was presenting Thursday Night Concert. The question occurred to me - what would happen if a classical concert pianist didn't turn up for a major concert? There would have to be a darned good reason, so I set myself out to invent one!"

Her next crime novel, The Celibate Mouse, was developed during the last year of writing The Naked Room and both are available on Amazon USA, Canada, UK, Europe and worldwide in e-book and paperback for kindle apps.

In 2008, the Hockleys visited Tasmania and while there, attended the Tasman Cup Working Sheepdog Championship. During the proceedings, Diana realised that a competitor would make a good target when he stood at the last pen. Hence the first line of The Celibate Mouse:

"There is no mistaking the crack of a high-powered rifle."

Things go downhill from there!

NOVELS AVAILABLE ON AMAZON WORLDWIDE (E-BOOK AND PAPERBACK):
The Naked Room
The Celibate Mouse

After Ariel is due out in 2014.

SHORT STORIES - Coffee break length!
Requiem for a Lost Youth
The Metamorphosis of Troubadour Merriwether
Frisbee, Rat Detective
The Cloud
An Honourable Man
Christmas with Snoz

and more to come!

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An edge-of-your seat suspense novel... 9 Oct. 2011
By Tim G.
Format:Kindle Edition
Diana Hockley is undeniably a unique voice in her field, and I mean that in only the most complimentary of ways. At sports events, we always seek out the best seat but in "The Naked Room" Diana manages to provide us with half a dozen best seats...all as experienced through the first person eyes of major characters.

A well-known and up-an-coming pianist in Australia's classical music scene, Ally Carpenter's fame ratchets upward a thousand-fold when she suddenly disappears. Being a woman who seldom misses practice and never misses events, her having taken a willing break seems unlikely. It isn't long before family, friends, and the media begin to suspect a kidnapping or worse. As Detective Susan Prescott races against time to find the young musician, the love affairs and strained friendships swirling around the music scene are as pervasive to the case as the Carpenter family secrets that begin to leak out like blood.

To say this is an intricately crafted plot would be an understatement, but somehow the author has made her complex weaving easy to understand and fast moving. Within a few chapters, I was swept into the urgency of the Ally's case and found myself reading for longer and longer periods of time...because I just had to know....

Pick up this book, brace yourself and enjoy a gut-wrenching journey.

Reviewed by "Maine's Other Author"(TM) Tim Greaton
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intense and emotional 10 Oct. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
A beautiful and talented pianist is kidnapped, and some of her orchestra could be involved. Written in the first person, we then hear from several characters as they try to work out who was responsible.

The tension is well-maintained throughout this intense and emotional novel, due to both the unpredictable and violent disposition of the kidnappers, and also the particular talents of the victim: losing a finger would be as bad as losing her life... This was convincingly illustrated by the author and it certainly created a real fear that it might happen. And then there's the fear of losing her skill to play. There was a great section where she reflects on the effect of three days without practise. Something along the lines of you yourself can tell the difference on the first day, your band on the second day and the audience on the third.

Even more interesting was the relationship between Eloise, the victim's mother, and a former lover. Drawn together again after two decades, it was fascinating to see how each would react when they discovered the external influences that conspired to separate them.

What I particularly liked was that you didn't have to wait too long for explanations. If a character did something significant, then their chapter would be the next one and there we would learn their motives.

There are plenty of twists to keep you entertained, although I found the family's efforts to solve the case much more interesting than the cops'.

What was established most effectively was the sense of helplessness. The odd murder and bits of skin in the post kept everyone on edge and afraid to cooperate with the police. You really didn't know how it was going to end.

In parts it can be a little far-fetched, but one of the revelations leads to a very clever twist as the novel reaches its climax.

Well worth a read. I'll check out more of Diana's work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy of an Agatha Christie 9 Jan. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The Naked Room is written by Diana Hockley. I read her short story "The Metamorphosis of Troubadour Merriwether" and was so intrigued by her writing, than I was eager to try The Naked Room. This is a novel that doesn't disappoint. Not just a straight detective novel, but rather an in-depth look at each character, their flaws and their motives for being involved.
When Ally Carpenter is taken and held for ransom, no one can think of a reason for the kidnapping, least of all the police. It's the reader who is gradually made privy to information the police don't have. Not that it helps - for Ms Hockley's false trails and red herrings are worthy of an Agatha Christie. I felt sorry for the policewoman Susan Prescott, as despite unerring devotion to her work, she hits that many blank walls she must have had a headache! Not that her work colleagues or even her husband make her job any easier. I particularly liked the soft side of her though. Her empathy with the people involved was well written and totally believable. This is true of the whole of the book. It has a reality that grounds it and the reader is led to think - yes, stuff like this really could happen and people really are like this.
Can you work out who did it? I couldn't! The resolution to the novel is emotional and all story lines are pulled together. But this is no romantic look at love, lives, kidnapping and ransom. Ms Hockley never shies away from uncomfortable subjects, she tells it as it is, which is a refreshing change. I highly recommend Ms Hockley's work.
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This story takes place over a period of a week, where a high profile kidnapping is presumed to have taken place at the start. The case is dealt with by Detective Susan Prescott whom it would seem has both a personal and a professional interest in seeking a good outcome.

It's set in Australia where a young girl who is working as a classical pianist with an orchestra goes missing. There are few clues to go on and no apparent motive; Ally Carpenter seemed to have it all: a successful career, close family and friends as well as a blossoming relationship with a fellow orchestra member. However, not all is what it appears to be and there is more than one person who is holding a big secret.

Detective Prescott and her team have their work cut out for them and the race to find Ally Carpenter becomes more urgent when two dead bodies are found, both of which bear a relationship to the missing girl.

Each chapter is told from the perspective of one of the main characters. Many of these characters lives are inter-related and the impact of Ally's disappearance slowly brings all of the loose ends together when others have a go at doing some detective work of their own.

The plot moved quickly as events progressed and the characters grew with each installment. There was plenty of mystery and intrigue mixed in with the action and an exciting finish to boot. There is romance, betrayal, jealously and revenge; something for everyone.

I would have preferred it if the Detective was a stronger and therefore more of a leading character and it wasn't always clear to me whose voice it was during each chapter with so many perspectives but it didn't take anything away from the essence of the story which I can only describe as a good solid mystery/thriller which would stand its ground with the best of them.

Andria Saxelby for the Kindle review
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Published 9 months ago by Arthur
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
I enjoyed this one. It was exciting and you did feel involved with it which is something I like when reading. I would recommend this.
Published 16 months ago by jules31
5.0 out of 5 stars Every parents worst nightmare
The Naked Room is a well written story by Diana Hockley, the story is about the abduction of a twenty-five-year-old woman Ally Carpenter. Read more
Published 18 months ago by A J Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars good read but perhaps lighly too long
Good story with good characters but a couple of times I found myself losing interest and almost gave up. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping tale !
At last a book I found hard to put down, a little predictable at times but enough twists to keep you guessing
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit long
This promising story becomes rather dragged out as it progresses. The characters are well drawn and the story builds well. Read more
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I really enjoyed this book. Initally i downloaded it because it was either free or cheap (cant remember now) but i really enjoyed and read in one evening. x
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