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Hangman's Wood by [Randall, Paula K.]
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Length: 249 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 679 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Publisher: BookBaby; 1 edition (31 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BLP0K8A
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #536,948 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Overall I enjoyed this book. My wife down-loaded it and suggested I read it as well. (I'm reviewing via a friend's email as I'm not at home for some time). It starts out at a good pace, the initial assault is well written and we soon get to know the main character, DI Fiona Brightman, and root for her to discover and catch the villains. This pace is sustained for about six or seven chapters. After this there is a bit of a dip and it flattens out rather, but stick with it because it does pick up, and then sets off again at a cracking pace. The last dozen chapters are brilliant, especially, without wanting to provide a spoiler, where one of the characters is on the run. Here the tension was admirably maintained - it made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. As a retired forensic scientist I felt the forensics in it were accurate without going into boring detail. The author has clearly done her research.

My wife, a practising psychologist, felt that the two villains were extremelt well-drawn, and (again, I don't want to create a spolier so won't say too much) that the gradual descent into madness of one of the characters was skilfully constructed.

All in all, a well-crafted first novel, and I look forward to meeting Fiona again in the second novel.

Marc.
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I'm a fan of good detective/crime fiction (esp the Scandinavians and UK writers such as Val McDermid) and I was really impressed with Paula Randall's book. Skilfully and thoughtfully crafted, it has all the ingredients required of a good thriller - and is much better written than many by better known authors. A real bargain at just over 2 pounds! I'm looking forward to the next one.
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A very confident first novel for this author. I normally favour crime novels by US writers (such as Connelly)often finding UK based ones a bit tame. However, Hangman's Wood was anything but tame. Very well described, some sections had me suffering along with the victim, I'm sure fans of Stuart McBride would enjoy the writing style.

Like the previous reviewer I also look forward to the return of D.I. Fiona Brightman.
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Like the previous reviewers, I am also a fan of the more popular, established crime writers but I try to dip in to new authors from time to time and this first novel by Paula K Randall had me gripped from start to finish. The central characters (on both sides of the law) are excellently crafted and very true to life. I have recently worked in a police environment, and the characters and dialogue rang very true for me. Some readers may find the violence quite shocking, but, sadly, it is a very true reflection of 21st century life and the consequences of not caring for the more damaged among us. Plenty of scope here for a series to give the current favourites a run for their money, and I am really looking forward to reading the next one.
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If you like your Police Procedural novels raw, realistic and atmospheric then you'll love this book. The scenes alternate between the bewildered officers on the case and the cold-blooded culprits in such a way that really brings home the difficulties in bringing a case home. The writing is fast-paced and straight to the point with conversations far outweighing descriptive elements. Despite this, a claustrophobic atmosphere is generated and I found it easy to picture the density of the wood and the sparse nature of the final scenes. There was sometimes a propensity to 'tell' as opposed to 'show' and at times it felt that certain elements of the police procedures and forensics were explained to the reader during conversation when in reality those involved in the conversations would have needed no such explaination. This at times, for me anyway, detracted a little from the realistic nature of many of the conversations.

Overall this book is up there with the modern day police dramas you see on television so if you like those then you'll love this book.
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I really enjoyed this well-plotted book. The author has a pacy style which suits the material. I'm a fan of this genre and felt it was better-written than many authors with more books under their belt. Overall, an enjoyable read and I'm looking forward to Paula K Randall's next book.
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Self-published e-books can be disappointing, with poor grammar, dreadful punctuation and plodding phraseology. But not this one. This is streets ahead of the others I have read - impeccably written, punctuated and edited in quality English prose which flows naturally from one page to the next. As a journalist and editor, I am fussy about good writing. And I have to say that Hangman's Wood is first class. One heck of a thriller too. Couldn't put it down . . . and finished in two days. When's the next book Paula?
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Shocking episodes of violence are mixed with detailed policework performed by believable characters. It became a real page turner as one got into the tale and needed to know what happened next.
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