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Fry Paperback – 10 Sep 2013
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This elaborately plotted story of paranoia (or are they really all out to get her?) is a satisfying read. The ending leaves a few plot holes but far fewer than many TV thriller series. In fact this story would translate well to the screen. If Ms Dounaeva ever gets an agent we may well see it on the box. Mind you, an indie writer with an agent would be more implausible than anything in this book.
This book, for me, hovered between 4* and 5*. What pushed it to 5* was the way that I began to care about the heroine and the sheer vigour of the writing that really carries you along. I picked up a free copy of this on Amazon and it's taken me two years to get round to it (blame the uninspiring cover) but once I picked it up I powered through it. It's a fun read, though not one to take to seriously or over-analyse. Or analyse at all, really. Just let the author entertain you.
where she works. She also introduces Alicia to her friends, which she later regrets.
Isabel becomes convinced that Alicia is hell-bent on ruining her life and destroying her friendships,
though Isabel cannot understand why. Her friends seem to be siding with Alicia against her.
It took a while for me to realize what relationship Isabel had to Kate, Deacon and his brother until
I realized they were all just friends.
A number of fires break out and Isabel suspects Alicia, but when the Police believe it is Isabel
who is the guilty one, she starts to doubt her own sanity.
Without giving too much away - I thought the jury verdict was rather strange given the apparent
evidence and the last quarter of the book was a little unbelievable, including what had happened to
Fluffy, the lost cat. However, it was an o.k., light-weight read.
This is set in a quiet English seaside town, with the action taking place between the supermarket where Isabel works, her home and her friend’s home.
The main characters were well cast and I think the reader certainly felt part of their emotional journey. I did feel the love story with Deacon wasn’t quite as strong as the main plot but that is only a small part of the story, so did not distract on the overall strength of the novel. I really liked the occasional bit of sarcasm thrown in by the author, made the characters more realistic.
Overall, I found this novel an excellent additional to the British crime fiction genre and I look forward to reading more from this writer. The novel was fast-paced, fun and managed to keep the reader guessing.
Isabel almost runs down Alicia. She feels guilty and sets Alicia up with a job where she works. A friendship starts but soon becomes a game of cat and mouse as fires erupt all over the town of Queensbeach in UK. Subtle hints are played to great effect as Isabel starts to unravel for she becomes the prime suspect.
Isabel must stay one step ahead of the police and stop Alicia before she goes completely mad or ends up in prison.
Read this FIVE STAR thriller to find if she succeeds. Highly recommended.
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The reason the main character is being stalked does seem a bit flimsy but well written...Read more
I must read more of her.