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Kim Padgett-Clarke lives in Blackpool, a seaside resort in the North West of England. Kim’s writing career began with short stories, which were published in magazines and anthologies. Her debut novel Pain has a supernatural element. Made of Glass is Kim’s second novel and is based on the theme of control.
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11 March 2017
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I don't tend to read many books as i either don't seem to be able to get interested in them or if I do gain interest I tend to quickly loose it.However this was not the case with 'Made of Glass'. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I became enthralled in the Characters, the author described them so well that I felt as though I knew them personally and I couldn't to find out what they were up to next. I was sad when I had finished the book, and i am looking forward to the next book by Kim Padgett-Clarke.
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31 March 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
This book made me very uncomfortable but sometimes only a great storyline can do that so I'm not complaining. I noticed that some readers really didn't like Emily because she was manipulative and she was but that turned out to be a good thing for Claire so I'm not sure I can say I didn't like her. I think she was controlling, yes, but not to the point of being sinister and there were moments when the love she had for her sister really came through and I had to like her a little bit more. The only real exception was with Emily's scene with Vanessa. Her treatment of her and disregard for Vanessa's emotional state made me want to give Emily a good shake. No one was a perfect character and I give the author two thumbs up for achieving this dynamic. Daniel's depiction was good but he seemed a little more nuanced at the beginning than as the book wore on. I don't know if this was because his character/personality was degenerating or because the author just decided to make him comic book evil with no subtlety. But he was creepy af and reading his scenes made the hairs on my arms stand up! The ending was abrupt an sometimes scenes and descriptions ran a tad too long but this didn't detract from the story too much because the narrative was gripping. Excellent concept and excellent book!
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9 May 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
Made of Glass captures the aching loneliness and vulnerability of people living life on the margins. Clare is fragile, always on the outside looking in, a wounded bird who believes she has no chance at happiness. She doesn't know that there are predators in the world, monsters who prey upon women just like her. The novel contains some profanity, but the author has a keen sense of place. The writing is descriptive, and some of the scenes draw the reader into close proximity to the danger Clare faces. My great-uncle died beneath a tree in our yard in the midst of a seizure. So, Clare's struggles with epilepsy, depicted with such detail and sensitivity, resonated with me. As someone who has been a caregiver and a protector, I thought the author truly captured the difficult and complex role that Emily played in her sister's life, the competing emotions of love and resentment...often two sides of the same coin.