Elizabeth F Netherway (mrsnetherway@yahoo.co.uk)

Helpful votes received on reviews: 70% (16 of 23)
Location: East London, England


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,392,643 - Total Helpful Votes: 16 of 23
MONEY TREE by Gordon Ferris
MONEY TREE by Gordon Ferris
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I have read all of Gordon Ferris's novels (I think) and I love the post-war crime novels but this is a different book altogether. It's still a thriller but set in a completely different time and with a modern day theme - Ferris shows us that he has a grasp of world political/financial issues and a real moral conscience. Yet this is every bit as much of a page-turner as 'Hanging Shed' or 'Unquiet Heart'. Very clever, very witty, very moving. What more can I say? I agree with the other review which says it would make a fantastic film. I'm already looking forward to seeing where Ferris goes next.... Liz
Bitter Water (Douglas Brodie series) by Gordon Ferris
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He gets better and better, 13 April 2012
I got Gordon Ferris's new novel the day it came out and it was worth 2 nights without sleep! A really gripping, exciting and thought-provoking novel. I loved 'The Hanging Shed' but 'Bitter Water' is even better. What sets Ferris apart from other 'crime' writers is his willingness to take on very difficult subjects and difficult characters - we have a pretty reliable narrator but he's running away from something... the war? a relationship? his past? (something murky there??)

Ferris is a literary novelist pushing the crime genre, who just gets more interesting, the more he writes. I am already looking forward to the next installment but meanwhile I will have to be stafsfied… Read more
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magnificent Book, 1 Mar 2002
Ignore the other reviews of this book - this is the best novel I have read for years. The writing is beautiful & the skipping between episodes in the past and future are stunning. For example, after a brilliant description of Gary (the oldest son) fighting with clinical depression as a middle-aged man, we then see him as an enthusiastic child, desperate to please. It is heart-breaking. I do empathise with virtually every character in some way. If you want a fast-paced, sound-bite novel, there are hundreds of them... if you want a classic read this, it will be being discussed in a hundred years time.