Daughter of the Game Paperback – 2 Dec 2002
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'Thoroughly enjoyable' Kirkus Reviews (Kirkus)
'Breathlessly paced' Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
'Gripping novel of suspense...Charles and Melanie are highly sympathetic, capable, and intelligent characters, in the midst of a nightmare with layers within layers' Historical Novels Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A gripping and dramatic historical thriller with all the best elements of the genre - spies, adventure, betrayal, danger and a deeply emotional love storySee all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
This is a fun romp rather than anything more serious which seems to adopt and adapt key themes, motifs and the occasional phrase from Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond series. I don't want to spoil the plot for anyone so won't give away details but it's fun spotting the references (unacknowledged).
This is a first novel and certainly the beginning feels a little strained with far too many forced similes and rather lurid descriptions (a woman is described, for example, as an "aquamarine-eyed vision") but the plot never flags and the niggling annoyances fell away later.
This is an easy read, perfect for switching off your brain.
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Her previous books, including those written with her mother, prepared me for the skilled use of historical background material. Her last three paperbacks showed me how clever her plotting could be. This historical suspense is a masterwork
Previous Grant books have been romances with the requisite happily ever afters. While Charles and Melanie seem to have one, the initial actions in this book strip it away in such a manner that it doesn't seem it could be regained.
Over a period of three days, the couple search for a particular ring with which they can ransom their son. Grant knows her historical background and it shows. This isn't prettified London and regency England. Much of this story takes place in the layer underneath the pretty. Grant's characterization skills are also exemplary. Her characters aren't simple and the experiences that shaped them aren't easy ones. Her secondary characters are given life too and each of them had untold stories trailing behind them.
Because both Charles and Melanie played a part in the later Napoleonic Wars, flashbacks to their actions and experiences also show us the underside of war. The flashbacks are a necessary part of the story and aren't intrusive. At one point Grant's book invites comparison to Carla Kelly's stunning One Good Turn and she doesn't suffer in the comparison. Grant's characters aren't blindly patriotic. Those in the book who worked for the French cause are not portrayed as villains but as reasoning human beings.
This is a busy book.There's lots of action and movement. And in the small quiet spaces, Charles and Melanie are reacting to the death of their happily ever after and slowly working towards a new way of living with each other.
All the books Tracy Grant has written on her own and with her mother (as Anthea Malcolm and Anna Grant) are on my keeper shelves. This one will join them. At one point in this book, the family name Lescaut is used. This is a name that figures in Tracy's previous books and gives me hope that we may see more from her using this particular world.
Sadly their idyllic life is about to take a tumble when their six year old son Colin is kidnapped and held for ransom. The man behind the kidnapping seems to believe Charles has the legendary Carevalo Ring in his possession. He wishes it returned to him before he will release young Colin. Charles and Mélanie waste no time in trying to find the ring so that their son will be returned. Thus starts an exciting search through the streets of London -- including the most elaborate estates, a debtors prison, and the seediest taverns, brothels, and gaming halls as well as a trip to Brighton. As Charles and Mélanie continue their search shocking secrets are revealed which leads one to wonder if any of their lives can ever be the same.
Rich and multi-layered, this story is full of startling revelations that will have the reader gasping out loud. The twists and turns nearly give the reader whiplash!! Liberally spiced with bits of history, DAUGHTER OF THE GAME is one of the best books I've read all year. The author is a graduate of Stanford where she studied British history and her knowledge of the history of early 19th Century Britain adds depth and texture to a fabulous read that I dare anyone to put down once they've started. This book is one to cherish and successfully cross genres so appealing to historical readers, historical romance readers, and mystery readers as well. DAUGHTER OF THE GAME is a keeper in every sense of the word.