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When The Clocks Stopped: Legal Mystery Timeslip Thriller spiced with history and a twist of the supernatural (Mysterious Marsh Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
My main criticism is the description of being pregnant, which is just wrong, wrong, wrong. Every other sentence beats into you another reminder that the main character is pregnant. Not only that, but she is carrying the most hyperactive and intuitive foetus ever. Babies do not move constantly in a womb, and near term (where the story is set) their movement is restricted by lack of room. How the baby manages to kick it's mother in the chin of all places is just laughable. The baby also reacts to every single conversation and event it's mother is involved in - which is just truly ridiculous. By halfway through the book the pregnancy paragraphs were really, really irritating me to the extent I was shouting 'no, no, no!'.
Once the baby is born more absurdities abound, as it can already see with perfect clarity and show looks of puzzlement after just 12 hours of meeting the world.
My other reason for just 3 stars is the amount of unnecessary depth the author goes into with Will writing and conveyancing. Most of the chapters could be shortened considerably if all the legal information was culled. If I wanted to know about legal matters to any extent I would read a text focusing on legal matters!
However having said all of that there is an intriguing story here set in two different time periods, which the author does convey in an easily readable and entertaining manner.
The narrative moves back and forth between the 1970s and two centuries earlier, where we encounter Annie and her desperate struggles against smugglers that were rife in Romney Marsh at that time.
There is a good story told here and at times it is well written. The historical chapters are very well researched and interesting. but I do feel that there are two problems; the first is an editing one. There are huge swathes of text that are surplus to requirements. A prime example is chapter 12, where we are treated to Hazel stressing because she keeps on making a mistake on a will, then the typewriter keeps creasing the paper – for the whole chapter. It needs cutting. Then there is Mr & Mrs White, Hazel’s first clients: extraneous characters.
The other problem is telling; to such an extent at one point that it totally gave the game away with one character. I have no idea why the author did it but the book would have been much better served with a little subtlety.
Having said that, the story is engaging and the two different timelines work well with each other. I liked the characters of Hazel and her husband Bruce and their easy humour with each other.
Many thanks to the author for sending me a copy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely loved this book. The story kept me on edge of the seat right to the end. Well written and full of interesting- intriguing twists. I would thoroughly recommend this book.Published 4 months ago by spence
It was okay. Good as far as it went I suppose. I have read worst.Published 22 months ago by bookworm mary
A highly enjoyable legal mystery suspense - clear proof that the UK has writers in this field who can take on and match John Grisham. Looking forward to the next one!Published on 23 May 2015 by D. M. Cooper
Marion has used a lot of cunning in bringing together the harassed modern working Mother, and coupling this into a historical story of Rye, Sussex,
England. A terrific book
Very easy to read, one of those books you can't put down. It's well written with really believable characters but the story is not especially original, after each chapter you kind... Read morePublished on 2 Feb. 2015 by Mark A. Bowman
Bit slow moving to start with but gets there in the end.Published on 16 Jan. 2015 by Amazon Customer
foundthis book enjoyable and intriging,i loved all the twists and turns of the storylinePublished on 19 Dec. 2014 by Witch
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