Three Steps to Heaven Paperback – 20 Oct 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
The sixties is my favourite era so what a pleasant surprise to come across this book.
Pam's book is fast paced with plenty of dialogue and no long boring descriptive scenes. Not that there isn't plenty of description, there is but Pam has the gift of making it part of the scenery so that you feel as if you are actually there.
A really good read and I highly recommend this book.
It goes without saying really that I will be buying...
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The couple should be together, but Jane is engaged to Mark and Eddie has had to marry the pregnant Angie and give up his dreams of making it big with rock band The Raiders. When they meet up again several years later, the spark is still there and they begin an affair. There are many changes in store and their lives, and those of others, are turned upside down by events.
Author, Pam Howes, writes skilfully about the 60s and the music scene making it easy to visualise the era. As the story moves along, a darker, more sinister aspect creeps in involving Jane's abandoned lover; Mark, growing more and more mentally unstable, becomes a threat until, in the end, a tragedy occurs.
The author captures the mood of those times with ease, and I took a trip down memory lane with the references to landmarks such as Ringway- now Manchester International Airport- the fish n chip suppers, the films and cars of that time, all the crazy fashions and Jackie magazine! It is proudly working class, and rich with the expectations, hopes and dreams of that time. It is more than a love story and it has more than one complicated thread wrapped around the central plot; that of the rise to fame of The Raiders. And it has plenty to offer anyone too young to remember the real mods and rockers with it's romantic, teenage angst and all the relationship problems with parents, friends and lovers.
It is a very special skill to write in any one particular year, because the plot and the characters need to exist solely in those times. No birth pill, no mobile phone, no internet, no major roads. The list is endless but the author has a firm handle on all the `props.'
A small negative now; the balance of dialogue to narrative. I would have loved more of a reflective, thoughtful kind of backstory from the main characters in place of some of the dialogue. In fact Pam's style has a distinct screenplay type quality to it, given her penchant for dialogue...hint hint programme makers out there! Now who could we have to play Eddie? Yes, in places this novel reminds me of those wonderful programmes Heartbeat and Happy Days. Nostalgia done well is so appealing, even for those outside of the era looking in.
A complete story in itself, Three Steps draws to a climax but the door has been left sufficiently ajar for the next book in the series. Who can resist?
But there's a whole lot more to this book than a family saga set against a rock musicians' rollercoaster lifestyle. Eddie and Jane, their families, and friends Roy and Sammy are amongst the likeable protagonists, but Jane's ex boyfriend Mark has a dark side to his nature, sinister quirks to his personality that lead to drama and danger. Without giving too much away, I can tell you that Mark is the anti hero who sets up dangerous undercurrents that threaten to rock the lives of the heroes. Mark is as awful as Eddie is nice, but his odiousness is not overdone, simply revealed slowly and surely, so that pretty soon you think, 'Yes, that's a man I really wouldn't like'.
At the end there's a shocking secret that makes you think 'If only', but you'll have to read the book to find out what it is.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a great book, love the characters. Well written, has action, twists & turns about rock stars & their lives back in the 60's, it pulled me in from the beginning. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Yellowfairy133
I loved this book - suggest you read That'll Be The Day first it will give a bit of background, but not imperative. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Lady-Anna
Hugely enjoyable, Pam Howes' novel took me back to my youth. How I remember the fashions. Not to mention sex, drugs and rock 'roll! Read morePublished 18 months ago by SCD
Not keen on this. Thought I'd try it with a view to buying the paperback for my mum who has fond memories of this era. Read morePublished 23 months ago by J. Owston
This was one of a bundle of books I bought in a Stockport charity shop and this one will be going back there. This is written in conversation, like a play, not fiction. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
I found this book really good, took me back in time there where ups n downs happy times n sad really good readPublished on 10 Jun. 2014 by Amazon Customer
love this this book about the raiders set in the sixties.have also read fast moving train.also great.hope to read the next two in the series.Published on 11 Mar. 2014 by jane