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Her
Her
Price: £4.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars this book is beautifully written. Sadly good writing doesn't make up for ..., 17 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Her (Kindle Edition)
As others have said, this book is beautifully written. Sadly good writing doesn't make up for a complete lack of plot. Emma's family problems are ridiculously overstated. Motherhood is presented as a sort of horror story, where even the most trivial things, like a child wetting the bed or losing a favourite toy are treated as if they're the end of the world. I wanted to shake Emma and say "get a grip and a sense of humour!" As for Nina, her actions to ruin Emma's life - the reason for which is a complete let down - are petty in the extreme ... Giving a child a late night drink so he'll wet the bed or waking a baby to ruin a dinner party (which in real life it wouldn't anyway as most parents would just shrug and deal with it). When bad things really do happen, like a child going missing for a short, but terrifying time, the pace of the drama hardly shifts because even trivial everyday events are treated as the worst thing in the world. And that's where the problem lies, because the event that turns Nina against Emma is so trivial as to be laughable. Even allowing for Nina's psychopathy, it just isn't plausible enough to carry the story to the shocking but annoyingly inconclusive ending.


The Girl in 6E
The Girl in 6E
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A fresh new voice and a fresh new character, 9 Mar. 2015
This review is from: The Girl in 6E (Kindle Edition)
This was one of several psychological suspense books I've read recently and is, so far, my favourite. It's fantastically well written, with a compelling heroine in Jessica/Deanna. At first we're introduced to her claustrophobic sex-cam business, and we begin to learn why she has cut herself off from the world. She has a strong desire to kill, so has turned herself into a prisoner.

Then a young girl is kidnapped and Jessica/Deanna realises that the child's abductor might well be one of her clients, so she has to leave her flat.

There are some very explicit scenes, as befits an author who started as a self-published writer of erotica, but there's also a gripping story of a woman who wants to do well by people, despite her own inner demons. She's like a female Dexter, but with more humanity and morality, and a real empathy for the rather sad men she performs for.

I must admit that I was a bit put off by a hero called Jeremy, but that might be because the only Jeremys I know are Jeremy Kyle and Jeremy Clarkson (look them up if you're not British and you'll know what I mean). But I did like that he wasn't *the* hero, in that Jessica sorted out her own problems, and apart from borrowing his truck, he had nothing to do with her quest. That was refreshing. I'm eagerly awaiting the next instalment!


The Book of You
The Book of You
Price: £0.99

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great writing, but some problems., 9 Mar. 2015
This review is from: The Book of You (Kindle Edition)
I read this novel on a very long coach journey and it kept me entertained throughout. It's very well written, with a tense plot that kept me wanting to turn the pages. I felt the author had researched stalking very well. Neither did the author balk from putting the heroine through the very worst. Some of the scenes are quite disturbing.

It's not a perfect book and when I'd finished reading, the problems began to occur to me. Others have picked up on the similarity between the names Clarissa and Carlotta, and I'm surprised the author's editor didn't suggest a change in at least one of those names. Also, as others have pointed out, the court case didn't have a lot to do with what Clarissa was going through. I'd expected a case about stalking, but it wasn't that at all. It's only contribution to the story was in making Clarissa doubt that she would be believed if she went to the police. That being said, she didn't try very hard to be believed. She made one call to 999 and that was it until way into the book.

There was also a rather large plot hole in that Clarissa did an Internet search on a character, and found out everything about him apart from the fact that he was married. It just didn't ring true that bit of information would be missing, even whilst filling her in on his whole working life.

I could forgive all that, as I did enjoy the story and even in real life people don't always do what we think they should do. If Clarissa had been believed immediately, it would have been the end of the story, so a certain amount of delay in her getting help was needed. If she had found out about the married character immediately, it would have been the end of that plotline. My biggest problem was in the depiction of men, and not just of Rafe, the stalker. It was natural that he was nobody's hero. The final moral seemed to be that even if men aren't psychopathic rapists, they're untrustworthy in general, liable to cheat and lie (in the most horrendous way) to get a woman into bed. Even as a woman, this disturbed me as I know not all men are like that.

I feel I've been much harsher about this book than I intended. I did enjoy reading it. It passed a good few hours of a boring coach journey and there's no doubt that Claire Kendal can write very well. I've even recommended it to my friends as a good, tense read.


No Shades of Grey: A Six-Word Story
No Shades of Grey: A Six-Word Story
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny AND Important Message, 13 Feb. 2015
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As other reviewers have said, this book is hilarious whilst putting across a very important message. That it's okay to say no, and that when you say no, the other person should respect your wishes.


SET THE DATE TO KICK YOUR BOSS TO THE CURB: OPEN YOUR ON-LINE BUSINESS
SET THE DATE TO KICK YOUR BOSS TO THE CURB: OPEN YOUR ON-LINE BUSINESS

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Like all this author's books, 11 Feb. 2015
Where to begin with this book. Like all this author's books, this one is badly formatted, with bad spelling and grammar, starting with the titles. The 'curb' of the title should be 'kerb'. Even from the extract one can see that the author has no idea how to write. All Caps does not work. 'On line' should be 'online'. Ironically this is an author who, in another one of his books, tells others how to create their own ebooks 'easyer'. He needs to learn how to do it himself before preaching to others.


PUBLISH YOUR OWN EBOOK: ITS EASYER THEN YOU THINK
PUBLISH YOUR OWN EBOOK: ITS EASYER THEN YOU THINK
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A writer who needs to learn how to write before telling others how to do it, 11 Feb. 2015
I would suggest that this author learns more about presenting his own ebooks before preaching to others how to do it.

Where to begin? In the title at the top of the page 'easyer' should be 'easier'. The use of all capitals is distracting. The spelling and punctuation, even in the excerpt does not suggest someone who has a command of the English language. Putting the words into paragraphs might make it 'easyer' to read.

I would suggest that Mr Weyburn take some writing classes - and maybe even some keyskills English classes - before he is in a position to tell others how to do it.

It's this sort of ebook that gives other independent publishers a bad name.


08.The Daredevil Duke (The Eternal Collection)
08.The Daredevil Duke (The Eternal Collection)
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4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable, 8 May 2014
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One of Cartland's better stories, with a very proactive heroine and a touching plot involving an unloved child. The hero was wonderful and just my type.


06.The Penniless Peer (The Eternal Collection)
06.The Penniless Peer (The Eternal Collection)
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2.0 out of 5 stars did not like the hero, 7 May 2014
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Periqine wax one of Cartland's weaker heroes. I did not take to him at all and thought Fenella would have been much better off with Sir Nicolas, who had more heroic qualities. Also Pereqine got things too easily and did not have to struggle to succeed.


Bad Mothers United
Bad Mothers United
by Kate Long
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Catching up with old friends, 23 April 2013
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This review is from: Bad Mothers United (Paperback)
I loved The Bad Mother's Handbook, so it was an absolute joy to catch up with Karen, Charlotte and Nan again in this wonderful follow up. It was like meeting old friends after a ten year period.

I read through it in record time because I just couldn't wait to find out what happened at the end. Kate Long's prose also flows very easily, keeping you turning the pages even when you know it's time to put out the light and go to sleep. There are two intriguing mysteries to solve. We the reader know the outcome of one, even if poor Charlotte doesn't, which makes her quest for the truth even more chilling. I kept wanting to say 'Run, Charlotte!'

The lesson I learned from The Bad Mother's Handbook and Bad Mother's United is that life is full of happy endings, but you sometimes have to go through a lot of anguish to earn them.


Ghost Stories and How to Write Them
Ghost Stories and How to Write Them
Price: £1.49

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to write ghost stories - not at all scary!, 14 April 2013
Kathleen McGurl is best known to many as blogger Womagwriter. As author of the popular blog, she knows her stuff when it comes to writing for women's magazines and has always been generous about sharing that information with others. This book concentrates all her knowledge on writing ghost stories. As well as having several cracking ghost stories, Kathleen also explains the differences between different types of ghost story and explains what inspired her to write each story.

But don't believe her when she dismisses one first draft as not good enough to publish. I thought that particular section showed a great example of how one story could be told in two different ways and still be an excellent tale.

The book takes the fear out of writing ghost stories. Read it for the stories or for the advice, or for both. You won't be disappointed!


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