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Savages
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 May 2013
A great read, truly. Although I had read 'Lace' (Conran's 1984 novel, made in to a terrific miniseries) many years ago, my sole reason for purchase of this book was the amazing cover - seriously, who wouldn't want to read a book whose cover has a melting stiletto on! (well done the designer who created this quality cover image).

Although the initial pages were slightly muddling (in fact I missed many references which crop up later in the story, so read the prologue and early chapters carefully) the story soon picks up pace, maintains drama and is, honestly, in every sense of the word, a page turner. For a book of well over 600 pages (about 300 pages more than the usual books I read), I just couldn't put it down. The story whips along and the characters are engaging (even the short-lived men, as well as the women).

Ok, ok, there are portions when you need to suspend your disbelief and allow the author some rope (seriously, these women are tough ol' broads and settle in to jungle life far too quickly to be believed) but that's not a criticism of the well written text and planned storytelling.

I'm off to read the latest Shirley Conran re-issue now ('The Revenge' - looks fabulous!) but couldn't do that before I encourage y'all to read this one (and 'Lace' of course) too.

Enjoy this sensational tropical classic!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 March 2013
Savages is the best book ever - its gripping, and you read it with your heart in your mouth.

Make sure you buy THIS COPY with the PROLOGUE in - the Prologue is very important to the rest of the book.

I hope everyone who reads this book enjoys it as much as I do.
I have the hardback copy and now having KINDLE copy is wonderful.

Kindle is amazing for being able to make the FONT the right size so your eyes dont get tired.
Kindle is amazing because the hardback book is huge and kindle is so light and easy to hold.

Both of these things are important because once you get into this story you wont want to put it down.
Brilliant!
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on 2 June 2013
I have to admit I am not a great fan of Ms Conrans and her many books featuring Hollywood type, glitzy, glamour, rich, spoilt, ballsy women. Not because I don't admire these kinds of women but because they are just not my cup of tea. The only book I had previously read by Ms Conran was Lace which to me is one of the best books I have ever read. The story woven around the characters in that book was just amazing and so well crafted with a most unusal and very different, to the usual run of the mill, story line. Savages, on the other hand (with the prologue) jumped out at me from the adverts because of the cover, really colourful and bold and the blurb on the review was a little intriguing so I decided to give it a go. I have to say that I really enjoyed it, well written although predictable in places, fantastic research with a group of very brave women going from fabulous wealth to absolutely nothing. The survival of these women is what the story is all about and they go through hell literally to survive. With LOTS of twists and turns with LOTS going on in each chapter it was a race to keep up! I routed for them, cried with them, screamed at them and wanted to slap a couple of them here and there just to wake them up! This was on the edge of my seat stuff but I was really satisfied with the ending although a little sad. I suggest Savages with this prologue not only because it is cheaper but it sets the tone for the whole book. I have only given it 4 stars because Lace holds the magical 5 in my eyes! Highly recommended, thank you Shirley for a fantastic read.
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on 27 April 2014
The book is about a random group of wealthy women whose only link is that their husbands work for the same mining firm. They embark on a trip to a little known Island to discover problems with cannibals, disease and suffer psyhcological issues. Sounded good and it was at first. I really believed as I was reading it the book had a lot of potential. But literally half way through the book when the women were trapped and things were beginning to happen it just seemed to lose reality and pace. The plot became tiresome and a little annoying. I just couldnt believe that these same group of women were now feeding themselves and carrying heavy weights in searing heat across the jungle. One of the women started having desires for the only man in the group (as if) and it just got a little bit silly. It is a thick book and I had invested a lot of time in reading it so was disappointed when I finally turned to the end chapter. This held no surprises. But one thing I couldnt work out was one of the characters seemed to die and then in the final chapter she is alive again - I read it over and over again and she definitely dies and then she is definitely alive!! Didnt get it. This isnt a spoiler by the way as by the time you get to the end I think you will probably have worked it out - thats if you get that far!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2013
This book was recommended to me by Amazon and I bought it as I am always on the look out for good books. Even though it was a bit hard to get into to start with, it soon hots up and you cannot put it down. It is a fantastic story and even though it is quite a thick book I read it in no time. Was honestly amazing.
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on 20 April 2014
I read this book a few years ago and couldn't put it down, thought it was an excellent read and would make a good film. Gave my original copy away to my grandaughter to read and thought I would read it again when I have the time.
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on 25 April 2013
I really enjoyed this book - it was a bit differant to the usual 'chick lit' - and I got totally hooked. My only complaint is that I wanted to know what happened after the book finished. I think a 'part two' would be great.
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I read this book many years ago and recently bought it again for my Kindle to reread it. It's the sort of book where you wish you could read faster because you've got to know what happens next! Great characters.
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on 8 December 2013
I read this book in the 80's and loved it then! I couldn't put it down again! It is almost 2 am and pleased to have finished it a snow it can get some sleep! Loved the book!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 20 October 2012
I am not sure why this book has come up in my 'new for you' section, because I read it donkeys years ago (possibly 25 years ago). However, it is a brilliant read, gripping and exciting and I have fished it out after seeing it on here and plan to read it again, as I cannot remember the details of the story now. But, I do remember I thoroughly enjoyed it at the time, I just hope I enjoy it as much second time around.
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