The Surrogate (Brennan and Esposito) Paperback – 17 Sep 2009
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Tania Carver delivers a dark, sexy thriller in her relentlessly suspenseful debut. If you haven't discovered this talented newcomer yet, hurry. She's on her way to the top (Richard Montanari)
Creepy...this often gripping detective story contains some genuinely shocking moments (Irish Examiner)
You'll need a strong stomach for this debut (Bella)
Disturbing yet engaging (Daily Mirror)
A powerful, gruesome debut in the tradition of Tess Gerritsen and Mo HayderSee all Product Description
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It is a very busy story, lots of different ties and links going on. I felt like this was book number two as it kept referring back to Marina's last case she worked on with them and how it had a huge impact on her and DI Phil Brennan's relationship. It eventually explains it out what happened but until it does you feel your missing quite a vital part of what happened between them.
The subject matter of someone removing unborns from their mothers stomach and what follows after is quite horrific, the details aren't the most gruesome I have read but due to what it is it does make for unsettling reading. It is a good crime story with lots going on and a decent introduction to this author's writing however for me there was something lacking which is why I am giving it a three. I did enjoy the story and a lot of my questions where answered but there was some things left out or not explained so 3/5 for me and I will read more by this author.
The plot is promising...but the delivery is woeful. It's the writing...allow me to quote...
"he sighed deep"
Even I know it's "deeply"
Another one..."she paused,thought."
The writing is stop/start all the way through. There is cliche after cliche and very forced character structure and dialogue.
Ihad to speed read most of it as the writing became very irksome. In the hands of mo hayder this storyline would have produced a world class read. The storyline / plot / killer are all quite clever but the delivery is just so awful you wonder how so many mistakes didn't get noticed...(another thing that struck me was the "CIO"... I am sure it's "sio" in every other crime novel?!)
As a consumer I should be entitled to my money back when the product is poorly made. A poor storyline I can stomach...blatant mistakes I cannot (grammar and otherwise)
I will most certainly read more books from this author.
So good I now want (The Creeper) the 2nd book in this Philip Brennan and Marina Esposito series.
Tania Carver certainly leaves nothing to the imagination, and the whole plot is slightly sick and twisted but somehow you are pulled in and can't let go till the last page has been read and all the secrets are out.
The two main characters, Phil Brennan and Marina Esposito, I believe will be back and we will find out more about the two of them. At the end of the SURROGATE you may be waiting to get the next book, I know I am.
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This is yet another gratuitously violence against women book that the anthers seem to think sells,that its written by a woman is even more
obscene there's more than enough... Read more
This book has been sitting on my shelf for a while so decided to give it a go. First time for me reading a book by Tania Carver. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tinalouise1969
This was the first one her(his) books I have read. I became interested when I saw Martyn Waites on Eggheads. Read morePublished 2 months ago by neen
I was recommended to read this book by people who know I like a gory crime police procedure story and I wasn't disappointed. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Carol Ellis
First Tania Carver novel I have read. Absolutely loved it. Was hooked from the beginning. Away to order more books by this authorPublished 4 months ago by P Bald
I give this book 4 stars, a well deserved 4 stars it was too.I enjoyed reading it, although this is an odd thing to say bearing in mind that this book really does have a rather... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Melissa
Great condition, brilliant read, excellent value for money.Published 5 months ago by roma mcLoughlin