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The Puppet Show by [Redmond, Patrick]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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Does love have to be claustrophobic, greedy and possessive? This is the central question explored in Patrick Redmond's The Puppet Show. For Michael Turner, it is not until he meets Becky that he learns what it is to love and be loved. Between the children's home in the East End, where child abuse lurked in the guise of the "kindly" Mr. Cook, and the foster home where his parents kept their distance, love was in short supply. Now, though, he has found it and--as a young lawyer on the brink of a successful legal career in the city--he is happy. Happy that is until he meets Max. Max is the father figure that Michael has always craved. But can Michael let Max into his life without compromising his love for Becky? Although some sequences in The Puppet Show are unconvincing, there is a darkening sense of apprehension as Max careers between overwhelming financial generosity and violence to get what he wants--emotional control and dependence. The Puppet Show is Patrick Redmond's second novel. Like The Wishing Game before it, this psychological thriller is compelling if a little inconsequential. But if it's a page-turner you're after, then this exploration of the vulnerable, hungry side of love will be ideal. --Jane Honey

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finely crafted, if disturbing (East Anglian Daily Times)

Redmond marries a sure grasp of pyschology with a beguiling narrative. (The Good Book Guide)

Praise for THE WISHING GAME:
'Patrick Redmond's chilling debut novel is a first-rate page-turner'

(Daily Mirror)

Such is the hard-edged skill of Redmond's writing that the carefully structured revelations about the past have a bitter and compelling power' (Times Literary Supplement)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1234 KB
  • Print Length: 470 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (21 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G4PVJDM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #218,222 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm a fan of the psychological thriller but this is one of the best out there......can't wait to read his other books....The story revolves around Michael and his relationship with Max (a father figure)... What starts as a friendship turn macabre and menacing...won't give any spoilers but you turn each page with trepidation...couldn't put it down
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After the critical success of his debut novel, The Wishing Game, Patrick Redmond's major problem seemed to be how to steer clear of every new novelist's greatest fear - the Second Book Syndrome. We've all heard of it; new writer, great debut, long awaited follow-up and...disappointment! The good news is that The Puppet Show is not only as good as its predecessor, it is even better. Briefly the plot centres around Michael, a twenty something lawyer who was brought up in a children's home in East London and who has been starved of love and affection until he meets Rebecca. His life seems safe and stable - fiance, secure job etc. And then Max, his new landlord enters his life. The next four hundred or so pages are spell binding in the way Max fuses his way into Michael's and Rebecca's lives, changing all their perceptions and casting doubts over everything they hold certain. Redmond's brilliance in portraying the concurrent innocence and evil of Max is the stuff of Hitchcock and Poe; characters almost leap off the page such is the vividness with which they are drawn. The plot glides smoothly, never stumbling and always drawing the reader mesmerically from page to page. This is a book that is virtually impossible to put down. But it is not all edge-of-the-seat suspense, there are touches of humour like Michael's thoughts on the tasteless art displayed in the conference rooms of law firms - Redmond worked as a solicitor before turning to writing - and this tends to lighten the book, making the suspense all the more chilling. I cannot recall many books which have successfully combined these two elements and The Puppet Show is all the more memorable because Redmond is not writing to a formula.Read more ›
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I have read two of Patrick Redmond's books and I have two to go, however, I really enjoyed this book but not as much as the others. I couldn't really get into the relationship that Michael and Max had, neither could I understand how exactly Michael was brainwashed. I was expecting a bit more of a wow factor at the end but it seemed a bit rushed. Not to say I didn't really enjoy it, but I think I will put this nearer the bottom of the pile.
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This is the fourth in a row I've read of Patrick Redmond's books, and yet again I absolutely loved it - I got completely engrossed, and I was still thinking about it long after I'd finished reading it. As usual, there are twists and turns that you don't expect right through the book, and you just never know what's going to happen next. These are the kind of books I love, the ones you get really involved in! An amazing psychological thriller that had me hooked from start to finish!
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I couldn't put The Puppet Show down till the end. If only Rebecca hadn't made that call. Really felt for Michael whose childhood was spent in an orphanage and foster home. He grows up to become a handsome and accomplished young man though troubled and haunted by his childhood. He loves his fiancé Rebecca with a passion but there is something missing even though she loves him in return. Then Max comes into their lives. Breath-taking, magnificent, mesmerising & manipulative Max, with a subtle hint of vulnerability. Such an enthralling character. Their lives will never be the same again. No one's life is the same once Max has entered it. There are so many layers to this novel. It's a feast of powerfully written characters and plot. It's a disturbing and tragic story which will hold you until the last page. What a film this would make.
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Sorry only a three, but found some parts just too long and complicated. Found last few chapters much better, and feel main character Max, could have been a bit more evil through the whole story just to spice it all up a bit more. Not a bad book , just a bit lame for me. Suep.
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I loved this book! When I first started reading it I kept thinking “Rosemary’s Baby” because it’s about a young couple who are struggling to make their way in the world, unexpectedly find their dream flat and then discover that the true cost of living there is considerably higher than they ever expected.

This is the fourth Patrick Redmond book I’ve read and as with the other three I was gripped from start to finish. Both the plot and the characters develop in ways I never expected and the ending was superb. A definite 5 star read!
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Patrick Redmond transports the reader deep into the minds of the characters. This book is full of twists and turn making the book an exillarating read.
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