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Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy
Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy
Price: £2.85

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Third book, 2 Nov 2013
Proof that you should end on a high, Bridget Jones never needed to be more than one book, and certainly not more than two. Whilst the original Bridget arguably gave birth to the entire chick lot genre, between books 2 & 3 her audience has bored of 'incompetent proscrastination' diaries, and who can blame them.

Kind of Cruel: Culver Valley Crime Book 7 (Spilling CID series)
Kind of Cruel: Culver Valley Crime Book 7 (Spilling CID series)
Price: £3.95

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as her other novels, 6 Mar 2012
I was disappointed by "Kind of Cruel". It lacked the substance/suspense of Sophie Hannah's other novels, in that it wasn't too hard to guess "who dunnit" and the long explanation by Waterhouse in the final chapter as to the perp's motives smacked of the author trying to build credibility around a motive that really wasn't that credible.

However, the real problem with this novel is the relationships between the police officers, which are narrated at length but add little/nothing to the plot development. There is far too much focus on a rather boring power struggle between Proust and Waterhouse which ends with absolutely no consequences for any party, and the relationship between Olivia and Gibbs also adds very little. Waterhouse is getting odder by the chapter and harder to like on any level. Is he going to be the murderer in the next one?

Overall, the impression was of a rather thin plot, padded out by unengaging sub plots and somewhat unlikeable characters.

Disappointing, especially against the quality of her other novels. Hope she re-finds her form for the next one
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What They Do In The Dark
What They Do In The Dark
by Amanda Coe
Edition: Paperback

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well structured but non-credible ending and some voice issues, 7 Aug 2011
There is a lot to like about this book. It's well written, the multiple points of view work well, the characters are engaging and largely sympathetic, and I think Amanda Coe succeeds in dealing with the central theme without sensationalising. I read it in a couple of sittings, so I can't say that it's not a compelling read.

However, I thought it had some fairly major flaws. The climax to the story seemed to come out of nowhere and so lacked credibility. The author didnt give her characters sufficient motivation to do what they end up doing, and as a result, she demolishes the sympathy to these girls that she's succeeded in building throughout the book. Very dramatic endings such as this need a sense of foreshadowing or inevitability, and this one doesn't. If I was cynical, I might think that this ending was pressed onto the author by an agent /publisher, as it's at odds with the understatement that permeates the bulk of the book (and which is very successful).

Secondly, the voice of 11 year old Gemma is unconvincing. Her chapters are written in the first person and the voice slips a lot- much of the time she just doesn't sound like an eleven year old.

Finally, I felt that Quentin got too much air time for the importance of her role in helping the story unfold.

Overall, I think it's worth reading, but I was left with the feeling that it could have been so much better with a few tweaks.

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