- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Orion (18 July 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0752841114
- ISBN-13: 978-0752841113
- Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.6 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 874,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Pale As The Dead Paperback – 18 Jul 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
The story itself didn't disappoint and I found myself completely drawn into it, wanting to find out more about the missing girl (Bethany) at the heart of the story, and follow Natasha Blake, the genealogist, as she tries to make sense of her disappearance.
This is an easy and enjoyable read and I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on the sequel, Bloodlines. I know that Fiona Mountain has gone back to writing more historical novels, but I'd love to read more genealogical mysteries as they're quite unique.
What a revelation the book proved to be! The author has taken a classic detective/mystery storyline and applied it to an area of history that is becoming increasingly popular, genealogy. The result is a compelling compilation of twists and unexpected revelations, which kept me enthralled from the first chapter.
The book is arranged in manageable chunks, so that the more hesitant novel reader does not have to set out to "eat the elephant whole", although once started it was difficult not to attempt to do so! The author has obviously researched the topic of genealogy before hand and the various historical themes are expertly applied to the plot, providing a refreshing window into the process of historical research. This is history in the 21st century.
My only concern is that readers who are not "tuned in" to the joys of history may avoid the book and consequently missed out on a truly amazing read. Excellent!
Working against time and threatened by mysterious phone calls, a break in and someone following her whenever she goes out, Natasha has to try and find out who Bethany is and where she's disappeared to. I found the background of Natasha's work as a genealogist absolutely fascinating as was the insight into the Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood. The plot is fast paced and keeps you guessing to the end. The only reason why I haven't given it 5 stars is because I thought the ending was a little too neat and tidy.
The book is an excellent read if you like your mysteries a little different. There is little violence and bad language and the book is well written. It is the start of a series about Natasha Blake though the book will stand on its own. I read 'Bloodline' before I read this one but it didn't spoil my enjoyment of either book. I look forward to reading more in this series.
The trail is cold. Natasha must turn detective in two senses: she searches the birth, marriage and death records, census returns and wills, to find Natasha’s ancestors; at the same time, she is being followed by someone driving a red Celica. Adam, the photographer, is also Bethany’s boyfriend but Natasha feels there is more to his story than he is telling.
The narrative wandered rather from the central story, complicated unnecessarily by Natasha’s own history and love life which added little. Perhaps this could have been avoided by telling part of the story from Lizzie Siddal’s point of view. There were so many peripheral characters, both in the present time and the historical story, that at times I lost my way. I was also unconvinced by the threat to Natasha - the red car, the break-in. These jarred, almost as if added as an afterthought to appeal to lovers of crime fiction which I think was unnecessary. The kernel of the story about Bethany and Lizzie is fascinating in its own right.
‘Pale as the Dead’ is the first of two Natasha Blake novels.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book started off well and I loved the subject matter but without spoilers, it ended all over the place so it was a really unsatisfying read. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon customer
Very, very good, she must write more, as a part time geneologist and historain, I felt an empathy with her heroine. .Published on 20 Jun. 2013 by Amazon Customer
Genealogist Natasha is approached by a new customer but ends up searching for the customer alongside her family tree. Read morePublished on 25 April 2013 by Windy Wendy
I read it for the Lizzie Siddal/Ophelia vibe, but loved the story of the family history research and the idea of uncovering a family echo, much like The Blood Doctor by Barbara... Read morePublished on 10 Sept. 2011 by Lily's Mum
Unlike the other reviews of this book, I found the writing, plot & characterisation fairly dissappointing. Read morePublished on 22 Feb. 2005