7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 18 April 2006
After reading the two previous books by Babs Horton, I was eagerly awaiting the release of Wildcat Moon. The author has the ability to create such vivid characters and draw you in to the book very quickly. Our hero, Archie Grimble, is created in the story early on with a level of sympathy towards his difficult start in life and knowledge that he would overcome his challenges and become a great detective.
Babs Horon has such a gifted way of creating child hero's with such sensitivity and giving them common sense, yet allowing some harsh realities of life affect them openly. The emotion with which she creates such vivid scenes is a key element to the success of all the stories with honesty and always a twisting plot, which you are unsure how things will turn out.
Life is not easy for our hero and there is alot of challenges and disapointment to overcome, but the writing style always offers hope and happiness, to allow you to always move forward.
I got the book on a Saturday afternnon and had finished reading it on Sunday night, as once you start reading you know you have to follow Archie through all the twist and turns until you reach the end of the journey (in this book anyway).
If you have not read a Babs Horton book yet, I ask that you read one, any one, and I know you will read all three.
The structure of her book would allow easy translation into screenplays and allow conversion into other media formats as scenes are so vivid that you can touch, feel and taste the atmosphere and tension.
Congratulations on an excellent book and I know it may be a while, but I eagerly look forward to your next book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 24 October 2006
I had already read Babs Hortons first two novels, A Jarful of Angels and Dandelion Soup and so was looking forward to this one immensely. Was I disappointed? Not one bit.
Yet again, we have a perfect, funny, melancholy, touching. . .lets be honest - its just a thumping good read.
It is filled with the usual twists and unexpected turns of the previous books so I won't spoil it by giving away any of the plot.
I buy form Amazon so that I can check other people's reviews before I buy something - I can heartily recommend Wildcat Moon to anyone who wants a lively and enjoyable book to curl up with on a miserable evening, (but I promise that some of the characters will stay with you after).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I happened to pick up this book on a yachty book-swap this summer and it's turned out to be one of the best books I've read this year. Babs Horton has a wonderful way with words, creates lifelike characters and has a terrific imagination. From page one the story is gripping and it carries on without a dull moment into a very complex story, with each and every character interwoven into the plot to have an important role. The village setting is described so vividly that it takes very little imagination to conjure up a picture of the beautifully named terrace of fishermen's cottages on Bloater Row, the summerhouse and the Wobbly Chapel, and all the people who live there. The main character, little Archie Grimble, is a sorry case with one leg in a calliper and with sticking plaster over one lens of his National Health spectacles is, as is sadly expected, picked on and bullied by the local lads. The story centres round Archie trying, in his childish way, to be a detective and we see how he gains confidence and grows stronger by the end of the book. None of the characters are as they seem and as the story unfolds, nearly all have secrets they would rather leave buried - but this is not to be the case.
I will certainly read Horton's other three novels and look out for any future ones and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Wildcat Moon. It's a fabulous book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 May 2008
Babs Horton's third novel makes compulsive reading in the spirit of her first two. Characters and events abound, sometimes challenging you to remember who's who. Not a book to put down and come back to a week later. But blow me if you'd want to. I read it in two nights, going short on sleep to follow the enthralling journey. Its powerful reminiscence of 'Dandelion Soup' doesn't detract from its enjoyment, though it lacks the same moments of comic bite.
Horton's settings are invariably vivid to where you can feel yourself there. Childhood, adversity, loss, smatterings of humour and fortuitous events are some disarming hallmarks of her writing. For anyone yet to read her, 'Dandelion Soup' is a 5-star treat of a place to start.