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This review is from: Fair Game (Paperback)
Basic problem with this book is that it's much too long - it would have been improved enormously by having 200 pages cut out of it. Each individual scene seemed to go on for ages and she over lards her jokes so they stop being funny - ie, from memory there's a line near the end which goes something like 'she laughed her silvery laugh. Except it seemed a bit silver plated this time' good, great line, then spoilt completely by adding 'rather cheap plating'. There's much too much of that sort of thing and of the infuriating habit of using verbs such as 'dismissed' as synonyms for 'said'.
Harriet was OK as a charecter though frankly no live wire and I couldn't muster much interest in her, John was pretty average for a romantic hero though I could ahve done without the constant references to his 'melted chocolate voice' - once or twice would have done perfectly, same thing goes for all the times he ahd a laugh in his voice. Sally might have been supposed to be a 'miserable old cow' but ended up by just being dull and why did the baby have to be referred to as 'poor little Tom' practically each time he was mentioned. John's father was a caricature. Nina was the sort of person we've all known! Rosie and Suzanne were interchangeable and i got mixed up about who was living with Nina etc. Also, I thought the subplot with Helen was totally unecessary and couldn't frankly see that the one with Tara added anything to the movement of the plot either...