L. J. Taylor

Helpful votes received on reviews: 89% (64 of 72)
Location: UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 53,808 - Total Helpful Votes: 64 of 72
The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is very well written - even those who rate 1* acknowledge JK flawless writing.

The story reminds me of The Archers but without the middle class gentility. The narrative is gritty, at time desturbing and JK bravely touches on themes including OCD, drug use, self harm, betrayal, child abuse, violence, death and peadiphilia. And like The Archers not a lot happens but a lot is going on. It is a lively snap shot of events after popular Councillor Barry Fairbrother has a fatal heart attack. The town is split between the 'us' and 'them'. The 'us' being NIMBYS. The 'them' being a nearby council estate.

The story works because JK gets inside your head. She successfully… Read more
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Initially I found Amy to be a very irritating character. Everything seemed to be centred around her. Then as the book unfolds it becomes obvious why she is the centre of everyones attention.

The characters are not particularly likeable and in many ways they deserve each other. Having said that, as the narratives unfolds I was drawn into their worlds. Consequently I fluctuated between feeling sorry for them, until the other characters perspective was revealed, then empathy was lost.

The reasons I rate this as 5* is because of the high quality of writing and the authors ability to voice the thoughts you often have about people but don't know you have them until someone… Read more
The Boy from Berlin by Michael Parker
The Boy from Berlin by Michael Parker
The plot bounces along nicely and keeps your interest. I did guess the outcome quite early on but that didnt stop me wanting to finish the book.

Unfortunetly the standard of writing was that of a 12 year old. My favourite example is when Parker refers to the Klan and then tells the reader `thats the Klu Klux Klan`!!! In the context of the story is there another Klan? There are many many other examples of silly irrelevant descriptions and scenarios which are simply laughable.

So if you like a good story and can ignore the presentation then go ahead and buy the book. But if writing style is your thing then dont.