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2.0 out of 5 stars Quite Forgettable., 19 Feb. 2014
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There have been so many domestic thrillers published in the past few years and this novel follows the usual format. Hannah is a thirty-something English advertizing executive working in New York where she meets Mark, a fellow Brit, with whom she falls in love and marries in haste. The story opens with Hannah driving to the airport to meet her husband who is due back from a business trip in New York and Hannah is oh-so-happy with her Mr Right! Then the anxiety mounts as Mark fails to turn up and the reader wonders if Mr Right is really Mr Wrong. How well does Hannah know Mark? This forms the basis for the novel and to go into any further detail regarding the plot at this point might risk revealing too much to potential readers.

This is the first Lucie Whitehouse novel I have read and, while far from original, it should still hold the reader's interest. The style is easy and unpretentious but I must confess the story is very forgettable and quite predictable, the plot slightly over-the-top and the characters stereotypical and lacking in any depth. Although I read right to the end without difficulty I was, nevertheless disappointed and underawed by the time I had finished as the plot contained no surprises for me and I found the book too long drawn out.

So if you are interested in an undemanding holiday read this might do the trick.
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Initial post: 2 Mar 2014 17:03:18 GMT
patsy says:
So I think its worth three stars at least? Some books I barely get past the first chapter these days......

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Mar 2014 16:33:47 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Mar 2014 22:42:49 GMT
Pigwin says:
Hi Patsy, you are of course right but I have a problem with the Amazon rating system where 1 star = I hate it, 2 stars = I don't like it, etc. I find myself using the cinema rating chart where hate it = no stars, poor = 1 star and like it well enough = 2 stars.

The problem for me is that I rarely award 5 stars as that rating is reserved for my perfect book/film containing, to my mind, no flaws, 4 stars is for an exceptional book/film and 3 stars is for an enjoyable or entertaining book but with some (or even many) flaws.

Naturally, you might consider my perfect novel to be anything but! Still, this difference of opinion and taste is part of what makes discussing books and films so absorbing.

Thank you for your comment>.
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