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Trust Your Eyes
Trust Your Eyes
by Linwood Barclay
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Another surefire hit!, 7 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Trust Your Eyes (Hardcover)
I have read most of Linwood Barclay's books, so when offered the chance to read this one, i jumped at it, and I was not disappointed. He can take what seems to be a day-to-day situation and turn it into an intricate and absorbing story, with characters who are credible, because they are fallible.

Trust Your Eyes revolves around two brothers, who are reunited following the death of their father. Thomas suffers from psychological problems, making him housebound and reliant on his computer. mainly using a website, whirl360, where one day he sees something that bothers him greatly. About this time, his father, with whom he has been living, dies and his brother, Ray, travels home to take care of matters. At this point, Thomas draws Ray into his cyber world, telling Ray about his 'discovery'. Although Ray dismisses Thomas's obsessions, eventually he agrees to make enquiries, thinking that he'll set Thomas's mind at rest. In the best thriller tradition, this of course turns out to be a futile hope and the two brothers are very quickly pitched into a life or death situation, with several twists and turns on the way.

There is also a sub-plot surrounding the brothers' somewhat strained relationship and the circumstances of their father's death which fits comfortably within the main story and is a constant reminder that this is a situation in which two ordinary people find themselves embroiled by accident.

If you are a Linwood Barclay fan then you will love this, and if you haven't yet read any of his books then I recommend you rectify the situation by reading this enthralling thriller.

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Offered by TECKNET
Price: £29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A fivestar product, 26 Oct. 2011
This product is fantastic quality at a bargain price. One of my daughters had already bought a case for her IPad and is now wishing that she had waited as hers was more expensive and the quality was not nearly as good, furthermore it doesn't have the sturdy stand that mine has. Not only is it sturdy and well=constructed to do the job, it looks elegant too.

Enlightenus (PC CD)
Enlightenus (PC CD)
Offered by b68solutions
Price: £3.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive, 31 Mar. 2011
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Enlightenus (PC CD) (CD-ROM)
This was one of the first 'Hidden Object' games I had tried and the trial was very promsing. However, having purchased the full game recently, I quickly found that the game was extremely repetitive and was over relatively quickly. A great disappointment!!

A Dark Matter
A Dark Matter
by Peter Straub
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Rather disappointing, 31 Mar. 2011
This review is from: A Dark Matter (Paperback)
When I read the synopsis for this book, it sounded ideal for me, as it contained two of the elements that I like in a good read - crime and the supernatural. I had never read anything by this author before so had no preconceptions of his style.

The book is written in the first person; a writer who has been having trouble in producing a follow-up to his previous success, when an incident revives memories of a long-past mysterious event that had involved his schoolfriends (including his now wife) and culminated in the horrific death of one of them. This sets the tone of the book, as our writer resolves to write about the event, and hopefully solve the mystery of how such a gruesome death occurred (the participants would never discuss what had happened). His investigations involve contacting some of the old schoolfriends who were involved in the `dark matter' and getting their perspectives on the events that unfolded.

Although I was drawn quickly into the story initially, I found that there were several occasions when there was too little action and my interest flagged, due to too much descriptive writing that seemed superfluous to the plot. This caused the story to plod and meander somewhat at various points, which is a shame because the basic storyline is a very worthy read.

The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag (FLAVIA DE LUCE MYSTERY)
The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag (FLAVIA DE LUCE MYSTERY)
by Alan Bradley
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars What a little gem, 31 Mar. 2011
They say `don't judge a book by its cover' and in this case it can be taken literally. At first sight this seems like the kind of book you would quickly walk past on a bookshop shelf (especially when you read that the `supersleuth' is a precocious eleven-year-old girl) and that would be doing it a great disservice. This has been an absolute delight from page 1, where we find our heroine, Flavia De Luce, musing on her passing, and we are very quickly introduced to two of the main characters to take centre stage, a travelling puppet show arriving in the sleepy village of Bishop's Lacey at the turn of the 50s.

As the story unfolds, and a murder is committed, the nuance of the book evoked memories of Agatha Christie and Enid Blyton books, when life was simpler and more `innocent'. It was a pleasure to read a book that was not spattered by expletives and offered several lighter moments. The characters were very well rounded and sympathetic and the plot, which also recalled a murder a few years earlier, moved along at a pace in keeping with the era. Flavia's interest in poisons is used regularly in the storyline, usually as the comic relief, and offers us further insight into her personality and complex relationship with her father and sisters.

This book would make ideal holiday reading, due to its lighthearted undertones, which do nothing to detract from a very strong plot.

La Roux
La Roux
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £5.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but not far off, 5 Aug. 2009
This review is from: La Roux (Audio CD)
I waited 6 months for this album so I had quite high expectations that, understandably, were going to be hard to live up to.
Having said that, i think it's a fantastic debut from a great artist, even if it's not to everyones taste.
My personal favourites are 'Tigerlily', 'Colourless Colour' and 'I'm Not Your Toy' (as well as the released tracks).
The only forgettable tracks are 'As If By Magic' and 'Armour Love' and even these are still pleasant to listen to.
Overall, a great album - not perfect, but not far off.

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