Daniel Darby

Helpful votes received on reviews: 92% (12 of 13)
Location: Togliatti, Russia


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Chart Throb by Ben Elton
Chart Throb by Ben Elton
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Readers of Ben Elton are now used to books that tackle popular subject matters that affect, or in this case encroach into, our everyday lives. Moving a step on from his Big-Brother-themed book "Dead Famous", this time it's the world of TV talent shows, and through the fictional show Chart Throb and its creator and head judge Calvin Simms, the reader is taken behind the scenes and provided with a systematic breakdown of the world of reality TV.

Chart Throb takes us through the whole show, from day one to the final, largely seen from the point of view of the shows creators, and paints a very different picture from what we see on the screen.

The book drips with cynicism… Read more
Killing the Shadows by Val McDermid
Killing the Shadows by Val McDermid
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unfulfilled promise, 12 Oct 2006
I am a big fan of Val McDermid's works. No sooner have I finished one novel I find myself reaching for the next. I have read all the Tony Hill books and now all the stand-alone thrillers, the latest being Killing the Shadows. I'm sad to say it was my least favourite.

I ploughed through the first two-hundred-odd pages with growing excitement at the story's multi-layered action and the possibilities that lay ahead. Crime writers being picked off one by one, ritualistic murder in Spain, a good honest cop's efforts to put right a previously-botched murder investigation, and, playing quietly in the background, the unsolved murder of the central character's sister. Great stuff! I… Read more

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