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Room 119: The Whitby Trader: An urban, contemporary fantasy and mystery thriller Kindle Edition
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From this point, everything is unexpected, mysterious and a bit confusing, especially to Dean. I found it impossible to put down. The reader, along with Dean, begins to understand what is happening but it still leaves the questions, ‘how?’ and ‘what on earth…?’ I loved it, especially one thing that I can’t mention, as it would be a spoiler, I will only say that it is about the ‘guides’. What an amazing idea! I don’t know if the author intended this story to be thought-provoking, but it certainly was to me, in quite a few respects.
This book is different, well thought through and well presented. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone who loves to read a story a bit mysterious but also thought-provoking. I look forward to reading more from this author; I shall be keeping my eye on him!
Then things start going downhill fast for Harrison...
As with Dickens' classic, it will take a series of supernatural shocks to redeem Harrison. These are delivered by a collection of strange characters from an eerie clown to a strangely prescient hotel receptionist and an unstoppable black-clad figure whose identity is all too clear.
Along the way we get an unusual re-enactment of the famous game in The Seventh Seal , a few nods to Back To The Future, and...sea shanties?? None of it is taken too seriously, there's a certain amount of banter -- and the language is certainly stronger than anything in Dickens! And if the plot follows a slightly predictable path, well, it wouldn't be a morality tale otherwise.
At the start of the story I could not take to Dean, he was slightly arrogant. Whilst he was a family man and wanted to do the best for his family, he went about it the wrong way. Staying away from his family, being one of the boys and flashing his cash. However, his actions laid the base for the rest of his story. As the story continued the old northern Dean slowly began to surface.
At the start I found the pace a bit slow, as there was a lot of background information. However, after Dean’s mistake, the paced picked up and I read it quite quickly. The addition of fantasy enabled the author to tell a story that was different. There were a few times that I thought I knew where the story was going and each time I was wrong. The minor characters each had their own story to tell, whether it was Benjie the Clown or Bill the ticket collector. There were a few surprises in the book which left me stunned and a few scenes that were tear jerkers. I enjoyed this book and hope that the author brings more books out with the mixture of genres.
I read a number of books and like fast paced books which have twists and turns to the storyline.
Room 119 The Whitby Trader certainly delivered!
I worked out a couple of the ‘plot’ surprises whilst working my way through the first half of the book but in the last couple of chapters there are huge twists which you just don’t see coming.
The characters are real and you can relate to them easily and I found myself rooting for them from the start (I never thought I would say that about a ‘Trader’ as a character!)
Overall it is a book which you simply will not put down, it has charm, dry wit and more importantly purely unique in its storyline.
My recommendation is buy it now!