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Paul has taken 12 beautifully written characters (15 if you count those involved in the story but not the invitees) and placed them into a fantastically woven plot that kept me captivated to the point where i'd be very annoyed when I had to put the book down due to work commitments etc etc.
12 people, family, associates, enemies & employees are invited up to a billionaire's mansion in the middle of nowhere to find out that they have to agree on how to share their late benefactor's inheritance.
It's not until the rules of the danse start coming into effect that things start to turn nasty for the majority of the 12.
This story has it all, murder, mystery, suspense, prostitution, blackmail and a small mixture of romance intrically woven together, masterfully.
You get an in depth knowledge of the characters through a mixture of storytelling and flashbacks and you are in a constant turmoil of emotion as to who is good and who is rotten. Then just when you have them figured out you are thrown back into turmoil and start doubting your judgements.
The story is very fast paced with plenty of little twists to keep you enthralled right up until the very last page.
This is Pauls first book and i'm looking forward to reading his next one.
I really enjoyed this book from the start. I thought it was great the way different groups and people tried to manipulate each other, in order to get what they feel they deserve and then how their allegiances would change in order to secure themselves a better deal.
Throughout the book I kept changing my mind about who I felt should get the money and why as we got to know each of the characters better. All the different twists and turns were great and I think this book could easily be adapted into a great TV drama.
I felt that the characters were all really well developed and, especially as the book goes on, you feel you have a really insight into who these characters are and what makes them tick. The only negative comment I have is I think there could have been more description of the characters physical appearance. At the start we are very quickly introduced to twelve people and I think it would have been easier to remember who they were had more time been spent describing how they look.
Other than that I thought it was a brilliant book with a great concept and loads of twists and turns. I highly recommend it.
This looked a good blurb and the first chapter got me intrigued. Yes, splitting it 12 ways would be sensible, but the family think they deserve more than the friends and the friends say if the father wanted you to have it, wouldn't he have given it to you. And so starts the infighting and recriminations and secrets.
I really enjoyed this book. It perhaps could have done with losing a little in the middle, but in the main, this was gripping and made me want to find out more. As more is revealed about the characters, your views were changed as to who was nice and who wasn't. I do recommend this one.
A gripping and compelling read, I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a jolly good, well written finger flipping (not really page turning as I read it on an iphone) story.
The concept was a good one for a story, however, and made the most of its inbuilt capacity to twist and turn, depending on the contents of hitherto unopened yellow envelopes. The characters were well developed, indeed this was absolutely central to the whole story.
Generally, it was a good page turner and enjoyable read, although slightly too long.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I struggled to put it down. A new author for me.....brilliant!
Fully deserves the five stars. Hope the next is half as good.
A very interesting book, I found the characters intriguing and the story line original and well set out in the book. Read morePublished on 12 Feb. 2014 by Ms. K. Cowburn
this book kept me gripped right to the end excelent for a first book looking forward too the next one ,also hes a family member,but that didnt influance my comments. Read morePublished on 24 Dec. 2013 by shirley wornham
Very interesting read. Unusual concept and what a variety of characters, I just had to keep reading. Really wanted to know how it ended.Published on 22 Oct. 2013 by Joy B
I'm not a big book reader, usually on holidays only, i was recommended this book by a friend and started reading and couldn't put it down. Read morePublished on 17 Sept. 2013 by Colin R.
A nicely written piece of fiction with a novel approach to tackling people's best and worse attributes; mainly worst. An absorbing read that flowed well and started rapidly.Published on 11 Sept. 2013 by Adam
Again I am amazed at such a great book was free ! This was a most enjoyable first novel which kept me hooked to find out what would happen next. Read morePublished on 13 July 2013 by Heather H 77
I loved this book. I thought the idea was great and all the twists and turns kept me enthralled. I would highly recommend it.Published on 8 July 2013 by Macca666