- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3585 KB
- Print Length: 276 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1912604280
- Publisher: Bloodhound Books (10 May 2018)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07CNVHS3Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,231 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I thought the title was a bazaar choice as I started this story, but by the end I realised actually it is a really good choice of title, there are various meanings behind the title and it makes perfect sense. The author has used the various different threads for this story and from the smell of the noxious fumes from the neighbour and the fishy smell of something not being right as the plot unfolds you start to see a link, this does continue with a character as well, but I’m leaving it there for now.
The characters did take a little while to get used to but as you start to get familiar with their roles you soon recognise them. The timeline for this is not a standard one, it does flicker and change but as you realise how this style works it makes for a really enjoyable read. I think this also adds to the story as you get to witness different perspectives and this adds to the story. You begin to realise there is a lot more going on than you first think. Anna has her own story to tell and she decides she wants to learn how to ride a motorbike, walk in Rory an instructor who gets to know Anna. Through the story you get to learn about these two characters and what makes them tick. It is not straight forward and they both have things in their pasts that still haunt them.
Ali has a background in that she really does bring into play with this story. There are Mental Health aspects within this story and the author has used her experiences of the system to show how quickly things can spiral out of control when someone does not get the treatment they need. It is a side to the Mental Health Service that we are aware, the under-funding, the out of hours service and general inadequacies, now I do mention this as it plays a part in the story but the author has got the balance spot on for me, incorporating a problem into a story without going over the top and coming across as preaching.
I thought this story was an addictive, absorbing and an insightful read. It has elements that I found fascinating and I liked the pacing of it, not all action and rush, but slower and deliberate that fitted in with the mystery element of the story. Another great read and a book I would definitely recommend as one for those who like a psychological mystery, crime and suspense read.
From a motorbike instructor to a petrol garage clerk, from a neighbour with questionable morals to a woman with a vivid mindset - 'Stench' really does have a character for everyone. If you're looking to read a story that is likely to keep you on your toes, gripping the book until your knuckles go white, whilst also making every strand of hair on your body stand to attention, then I can safely say that A B Morgan's novel is for you.
Pardon my vagueness, but those who have already read this book will understand how difficult it is to review without accidentally giving anything away. I'm not one for dropping spoilers in reviews, and I don't intend on starting now, hence my being vague! Plus, 'Stench' has the type of storyline where pieces of information is drip fed to you for the duration of the book, and if you were to find pieces of the puzzle beforehand, your reaction to the events described in the story will most probably be completely different.
Even though my earlier opinion of the novel was uncertain, I couldn't quite believe the difference in my opinion by the end of the book. I was flabbergasted beyond belief, with an unhinged jaw to boot! I seriously wasn't expecting the change in direction, but it was brilliantly executed and upped the ante of the overall storyline.
I loved how the author managed to keep my attention despite the slow pace and drip feeding of information - I was a little bit concerned that the pace might make me feel a little bit bored, but due to the authors fantastic storytelling, it wasn't an issue at all. I was far from bored.
'Stench' is a very, very cleverly written, addictive, shocking and highly thrilling novel which nearly made me cause a fire by how fast I was turning the pages of the book (even though it was a kindle, but you catch my drift!). An outstanding and witty novel with one of the most jaw dropping conclusions I have read in a while. What a belter of a book!
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