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Family Shadows by [Nixon, John]
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3.7 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

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Length: 189 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 517 KB
  • Print Length: 189 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008LMHD0E
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,466 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I just couldn't get along with this. The writing is leaden, the characters poorly formed and the narrative too "convenient".
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I read a lot of books and I rarely abandon a book so quickly. I'm not sure how the plot turned out because I couldn't bear to waste more of my life reading it after a couple of chapters. The writing style reminded me of articles in chat type magazines, only worse. Naive, bare bare bones writing. If I were still teaching 14 year olds who had produced this, I would reject this work and make them rewrite it and try and give a little depth to what they were attempting to portray.
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I found the writing style childish, the story repetitive as each bland faceless character goes over the same news, it lacks the reality that the story itself requires... I hardly believe that anyone would react so little faced with the revelations drab Fiona found... implausible plot, so conveniently wrapped up I laughed out loud and woke up my son!!!
I don't think the author knew which tense she was using but she suceeded only in boring me with lengthy passages that went nowhere and overstating the blindingly obvious... Enid Blyton writes better than this and well published though she was, and still is, her actual style was shockingly bad... yet this is worse... flesh out your characters with a couple of simple descriptors, give us a back ground... I have no idea what Fiona's flat was like you have bled the colour from your story... this is what I mean...

"Fiona sat poised with her laptop at the kitchen table, the sun glinting through the large window making the china on the dresser sparkle and vying with the brightly painted walls. She sipped delicately from her favourite cup before sketching out the slim facts of her adoptive daughters family tree. "How odd! I really have so little information" she said to Paula "its amazing how little Michael has really said about Louise"
Paula hugged her large mug of coffee "Are you sure you want to go digging? You never know what you'll find" chuckling and with a wicked twinkle "all kinds of skeletons pop out of closets you know!"
Fiona smiled back, two peas in a pod they may not be; the quiet and sensible Fiona versus the vibrant bubbly coffee fuelled Paula, but best friends they were."

See like that!!!
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Found the writing style a bit stilted, but the story interested me so I persevered. There were a few unnecessary bits - I think Sam died because the author wasn't sure where to go with him and how to bring him into the rest of the story! I found the ending a bit odd although I liked the little added paragraph - left me thinking! All in all a good story line, but obviously not an experienced author, I enjoyed the story if not the writing style, would read another by the same author, style may improve with time and experience.
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A thoroughly entertaining book. I loved the genealogy and the character evolution. I found the twists and turns in the story engaging and believable. More of the same please!
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This is possibly the worst written book I have ever read. The plot was OK, but the execution was appalling. It read more like a school child's attempt at a story where the teacher had said use more adjectives, adverbs and description. The characters remained just names - no insight into their real characters and emotions. I certainly won't be purchasing any more books by this author.
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I have been a Family Historian for many years, so was pleased to see someone writing novels about my favourite subject. However, although the research was well explained, I felt the story telling was very amateur. Short sentences and not very well written.
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This was an interesting storyline which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was written in a very simple manner with a lot of short sentences which is something I am not used to but is probably why I managed to read the book in one sitting of just under 3 hours. I think the characters could have been developed a bit further as we didnt really get to know any of them but on the whole it was a very good read, certainly good enough for me to buy the next book that this author has written
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