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Promised much and failed totally to deliver

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-20

It was all so promising at first but then slowly and surely descended into banality. The plot became full of holes and implausibility. The characters were mostly empty and unlikeable vessels and the narrative was just SO repetitive. I stuck with it however hoping that there would some redemption by the end....but there wasn't. The narrator Lisa Coleman, usually pretty good, used the same voice for every character and did nothing to salvage this sad waste of a credit.

Left me Unamazed, Uninspired and faintly Bored!

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-20

I quite liked the first part of this book, i.e. the early years of Michelle Obama and it promised so much but failed completely to deliver. I expected a far more gritty and less sugary revelation of what must have been some pretty tough challenges faced by this undoubtedly very capable and talented woman.

To me it just became a sanitised autobiography with an almost fairy-tale aura to it. The sort of thing that gets serialised in women's magazines. No problem with that, if that was what I expected, but it wasn't and I was completely unprepared for the sugary mediocrity of it all. I won't let it put me off other autobiographies though. There must be loads of better ones out there that are worth the credit!

OK if you don't count the implausibles

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-20

This should have been so much better than it was. The narration is good, the story line is quite promising but then it all descends into absurdity. Wish I hadn't wasted my time and my credit.

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Bad, bad Choice!

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-11-19

I could hardly bear to finish this book and skipped several chapters to end the agony. I love a good thriller but for those chapters I did manage to cope with, the book has too much senseless and gratuitous violence and I found that to be repulsive. I was reminded of Inspector Clouseau every time Angus King used his DI Callanach voice and that didn't help either but it bought a little light humour to all the gore. Absolutely not a book for me.

Beautifully written, intelligently plotted, GREAT!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-10-19

I was about to give up looking for a well written thriller with a court room setting that holds your absolute attention, has a plausible plot that holds water and leaves you wanting to know more as every chapter ends.....then I found THIS ONE.
Wonderful. One credit so well spent.

Good-bye Logan McRae

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-08-19

Far too gory, far too implausible and far, far lower quality than the Logan McCrae's I've read before. End of the line for me.
Shouldn't be too difficult to find something out there better than this!

Highly Implausible

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-07-19

Total juvenile rubbish. Total waste of a credit and of my time. Won't waste any more.

Too much Pantomime for me

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-04-19

So disappointed in this book. I was longing for it to be an 'easy to follow' introduction into the realms of Greek Mythology and who better to provide that than Stephen Fry? I've tried several times to get into the interminable lists of names and the flippant delivery that constantly drives the whole thing into pantomime character mode. Can't finish it but as far it goes, it's not for me.

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Very different and so intriguing but too long

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-19

I do like Jo Spain's books. The plots are so inventive and refreshingly different to the vast majority of crime thrillers out there. Her characters are always cleverly conceived and given plenty of depth too. Just as with her other novels, this one radiates with its' unique setting and plot BUT unfortunately I did find it to be too long. I love a good long book but not in this case. Shortening it by an hour would have avoided slight boredom in parts and earned it 5 stars from me,

Great author,great narrator but THE worst D.G. yet

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-10-18

Could NOT believe this far-fetched and frankly absurd story could be penned by John Verdon. I've bought all of his Dave Gurney books and while the stories often require a suspension of disbelief, the quality of writing and the great characters have always made it worth the journey. Not so with this book. I could not wait to finish it and forget it's gratuitous violence and absurdity forever. If I didn't have a wealth of respect for the author I would have thrown in the towel well before the end,