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Helpful votes received on reviews: 73% (8 of 11)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,507,465 - Total Helpful Votes: 8 of 11
Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie
Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing, 11 Jan 2014
I wasn't expecting this book to be great literature but the story sounded interesting and I thought it would be an enjoyable holiday read. Unfortunately I was left feeling annoyed that I had wasted my time reading it. The plot got more and more ridiculous and the characters were just not believable.
Every Breath You Take by Sheila Quigley
Every Breath You Take by Sheila Quigley
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I have read all Sheila Quigley's books and I like the characters and setting. This book was an enjoyable enough read, but it was let down by many small errors all the way through the book. There were lots of sentences which had been broken up with commas when a semi-colon or two sentences would have worked better, and mistakes with small words, eg. "an" instead "and" and "Why" instead of "What". It's fine for the characters' speech to be written as they would say it, but the rest of the novel should be in correct English. I know this sounds really picky but these repeated errors were very off-putting. If Sheila Quigley's next book seems as rushed as this one, it will be a waste of her… Read more
The Various Haunts Of Men: A Simon Serrailler Nove&hellip by Susan Hill
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag, 2 Jan 2006
Although I had not read any of Susan Hill's books before, I had read good reviews of this one. I found "The Various Haunts of Men" to be an absorbing read, but there were things I didn't like about it.
As other reviewers have mentioned, there were too many unimportant characters introduced, and loose ends not tied up, for example the young boy with suspected leukemia and the woman who made then withdrew her claim against the psychic surgeon. I expected all the seemingly irrelevant information to be tied together somehow by the end of the book, but it wasn't. Possibly the novel gave a more realistic portrayal of the day-to-day work of detectives than most crime novels… Read more