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The Hanging Shed,
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This review is from: The Hanging Shed: Douglas Brodie Series, Book 1 (Kindle Edition)Like many other reviewers I received a Kindle for Christmas and took advantage of Amazon's Twelve Days of Christmas offer where they made a number of books available for £1. The Hanging Shed is a bit of a mixed read. I loved the descriptions of post war Glasgow and although too young to remember Glasgow at that time, I felt that there was an authenticity to the descriptions although at times (not many) there was a tad too much detail which made the descriptions seemed a bit forced. But that's just a minor niggle. Much more significant is how the plot develops. It started off so well with the protagonist, Brodie (a great name for the character) getting a phone call from an old friend. This poor man has not only been horribly injured during the war but has been framed for the murder and rape of his ex girlfriend's son and is awaiting his sentence of being hanged to death. Brodie reluctantly agrees to try to help and so returns to Scotland. There he hooks up with his friend's lawyer, an older but attractive woman and tries to find out what really happens. For about two thirds, the book is really gripping but then it just loses it and becomes unrealistic in the way of so many thrillers with people getting out of implausibly difficult situations unscathed. It would have been so much better if it had concentrated on proving the innocence of the accused as it was in this part of the book that there was the least action but most tension.
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Initial post: 4 May 2011 19:22:35 BDT
I agree 100% with this review!
Posted on 12 May 2011 07:07:53 BDT
S. Carr says:
Absolutely agree with this comment. Spot on. The book loses it's way and becomes too implausible.
Posted on 20 Jul 2011 10:51:03 BDT
Mr. J. J. Jenkins says:
I enjoyed the book but it was almost two novels in one. Weak final ending as if the author had become tired of plotting.
Posted on 9 Oct 2011 09:42:24 BDT
J. C. McWilliams says:
I could not agree more with that review. A great plot laid down, with a wonderful description of post war Glasgow, but it loses it in the last third. It slides the way of many thrillers, with unrealistic co-incidences, and a well trodden path to the solution.
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