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review 2016-01-21 23:18
Coffin Road
Coffin Road - Quercus,Peter May,Peter Forbes
Author: Peter May
ASIN: B01787LP5Q
Why did I read it? I had read and enjoyed Peter May's Hebrides trilogy of crime fiction, and had erroneously thought this was the fourth. I had a credit on my Audible account, so used it to pre-order this.
What's it about? A man with amnesia washes up on a beach, barely alive, but feeling as though he has done the most terrible thing. He attempts to discover where he is, why he's there, and just who he is without alerting anyone to his memory loss - terrified his dreadful secret will be too much to bear.
A teenager struggles to cope with her mother's ability to move on with life following the death of her father, and sets out to find out more about him, little knowing the dire consequences her search will have on herself, and others.
A body is found on a the remote Flannan Isles in the Outer Hebrides, and it is up to Detective George Gunn to find out how he was killed, and how he came to this remote rock, 20 miles west of any civilisation.
As the story unfolds, these three people grow ever closer to the truth.
It is uncannily hard hard to describe this book without destroying the mystery. There are several voices in the book, most notably Neil's, the man we meet first washed up on the beach.
What did I like? I loved the opening, as I was caught right from the moment Neal washes up on the beach. I was eager to know where the story would take me. And, just was I was becoming engrossed in his story, there is a switch to the teenage Karen's life, and suddenly I start making connections.
The story is so well paced that you don't feel like matters are being dragged out, or that you are racing towards the end. There are a few red herrings, and a twist or two, though nothing to frustrate the reader. I note other readers were critical of the change between first person, and third person narrative, but I felt it created a good separation/barrier in the stories.
Once again, the landscapes are described beautifully by the author, and one almost feels as though the land, and sea are characters themselves.
Peter Forbes did an excellent job as narrator, each word was clear and precise.
What didn't I like? Only one little quibble with the recording, which I had up loud as I did other tasks, was being able to hear papers turning. Still, the recording from Audible was clear!
Would I recommend it? Absolutely! Love crime fiction? Read, or listen to Coffin Road. Like stories set in beautiful landscapes, particularly Scotland? Read, or listen to Coffin Road.
Rating: 4½/5


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review 2014-04-03 20:53
Review: The Candidate: A Luxembourg Thriller by Daniel Pembrey
The Candidate: Luxembourg Thriller - Daniel Pembrey
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my review. 
Genre:  Techno thriller
Page Count: 159 pages
This Title is available only from Amazon Kindle:  Price is $1.99
Publication Date: December 9, 2013
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
I don't usually read and review books that are not widely available, but the synopsis for  The Candidate by Daniel Pembrey sounded interesting.  I admit, when I decided to read and review it, I did not realize that it was only available in digital format, and then only from Amazon.  Regardless of that, if you are a fan of the techno-thriller or stories about corporate espionage, or just espionage in general, it is worth checking out. 

Nick Thorneycroft is a headhunter for a tech company who has asked him to recruit a new employee to be a top executive for the Russian arm of their business.  The candidate that he selects is a beautiful woman who appears to have all of the right qualifications.  But are things really what they seem to be?  In The Candidate Daniel Pembrey crafts a fast paced story with interesting characters and some good twists and turns.  I really got involved in the story quickly, and remained engaged until the end.  I also enjoyed the fact that the main character for the story was a headhunter for a multi-national company, which I thought was a fresh idea that I hadn't run across in other books. The biggest problem with the story, and the reason for the 3 stars, was the lack of depth.  Mostly this was due to the fact that this is a novella, which do not lend themselves to complex plot or character development.   I thought, though, that this story would have stood up to, and even benefited from, more development of both the plot and the characters.  I wished it was a full length novel and not a novella, and would love to see this author write something that was more complex.  
Source: abookaddictsmusings.blogspot.com/2014/04/review-candidate-luxembourg-thriller-by.html
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