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The Jester
The Jester
by James Patterson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Braveheart with a twist, 10 Mar. 2004
This review is from: The Jester (Paperback)
Patterson returns with his occasional writing partner Andrew Gross with to pen a novel quite different from much of his back catalogue. The story map follows the fortunes of a young Frenchman returning home a man broken by the false ideology of the Crusades. The dream homecoming is destroyed upon finding his wife missing, snatched by murderous dark knights. The young hero refuses to accept her death and sets off with fire in his belly to seek recovery and retribution.
Mixed reviews for this Patterson offering seem to suggest this is one to either love or hate. The story is reminiscent in many ways of the Gibson movie Braveheart, and reaction to this film may be a good indication of whether this book will appeal. Personally, I enjoyed Braveheart and (as per my hypothesis!) The Jester. The story pushes along at a good pace and the characters are interesting, which provides that 'one more chapter before bedtime' incentive (particularly with Patterson's penchant for mini chapters). Not Patterson at his flying best but well worth a read.

A Friend of the Family
A Friend of the Family
by Lisa Jewell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jewell continues to surprise....and delight, 9 Mar. 2004
This review is from: A Friend of the Family (Paperback)
The appropriately named Jewell releases her fourth novel, which is destined to become her fourth entry to the bestsellers club.
A warning to the men of Britain- disregard this as a "women's book" at your peril. Jewell seems to have an understanding of the complexities of relationships of the heart (whether friend, family or lover) and the ability to translate to paper with an easy and jovial style.
A Friend of the Family tells the tale of the London family and the web of romantic entanglement woven around three brothers. I defy any reader to get through this tale without recognising on some level, similarities to their own family life. The London family will have you laughing out loud and cringing in equal measures as the tale is played out, but you will stay with them for the duration. Suburban life has never been so much fun!

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