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Exhibit Alexandra

by

Natasha Bell

Exhibit Alexandra by Natasha Bell was the first of her works that I have read.  It was an interesting book however, I’m not sure that I will be chasing her other books as this plot was one which I have never come across before.

Exhibit Alexandra tells the story of a teacher’s wife, who left her career to raise a family.  One day when their children are in, or nearing, their teenage years, Alexandra disappears leaving her husband and two girls behind.  Police eventually decide that Alexandra has been murdered and scale down their search.

Alexandra’s husband is not as certain (as the police) and continues searching until he finally tracks her down.

To say much more will entail revealing spoilers which I am loath to do.

Narrator, Katharine McEwan, does a fair job of narrating of what is essentially, a slow storyline.

Simply because Exhibit Alexandra was a different story to those I usually read.  As stated previously, about other books, it may be a better read than an audio-book.

 

 

 

I have rated

Exhibit Alexandra

is still a star read.

At the time of writing my review

Goodreads readers have rated

Exhibit Alexandra

an average of 3.30 stars,

from 1,505 ratings

and 328 reviews.

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Exhibit Alexandra

can be purchased online at

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon

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The Chain

by

Adrian McKinty

 

 

Adrian McKinty’s The Chain was my introduction to this author thanks to a Goodreads friend.  And what a read it was!

Imagine arriving home one night to find your 12 year old child is not home as he/she should be.  To no avail friends and neighbour’s are called as panic begins to set in and is exacerbated by a ransom call which not only demands money, but also to conduct a kidnapping of your own.  Any form of law enforcement involvement will certainly be a death warrant for your child and perhaps family members.  However as in all good stories there is always someone willing to break The Chain, or die trying.

The Chain is a fast paced novel which captured my interest on page one and held it until the final word.  The Chain is a story of intrigue and mystery with several unforeseen twists.  The Chain is the kind of book which would make one frightened to let their child walk anywhere by themselves.

I think The Chain is worthy of a star rating.

Other Goodreads readers have awarded

The Chain

an average of 3.94 stars,

from 5,617 ratings

and 1,235 reviews.

 

 

 

The Chain 

can be purchased on-line at

Fishpond, Booktopia and Amazon

 

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Win, Lose or Draw

(Cliff Hardy  #42)
by

Peter Corris

 

Win, Lose or Draw is the 42nd novel in Peter Corris’ easy listening Cliff Hardy series.

Set in Sydney, Coolangatta, Norfolk Island and Byron Bay, Cliff finds himself working for a client who not only trusts and thinks highly of Cliff, but also has a seemingly bottomless bank account.  This is something which Hardy finds novel and almost embarrassing to have not hundreds, but thousands of dollars for expenses.

A missing daughter, drugs and the sex trade are all interwoven to make Win, Lose or Draw a fast paced enjoyable story, with a wide range of enjoyable, and colourful, characters included as one would expected in scenarios such as this.

 

Mention must also be made of Dino Marnika, the third narrator of the Cliff Hardy series.  His gravelly voice is certainly different and suits the Cliff Hardy series.

I think

Win, Lose or Draw

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is a

read.

Goodreads readers have rated

Win, Lose or Draw

an average of 3.84 stars

from 234 ratings and 21 reviews

Win, Lose or Draw

can be purchased on-line at

Fishpond, Booktopia and Amazon

 

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Sliver of Truth

by

Lisa Unger

Sliver of Truth was my third Lisa Unger book.  Had it been my first, it may have been my last.  I listened to Sliver of Truth and found it to be rather tedious, dull and boring.

In Sliver of Truth Ridley Jones discovers her father is not her father.  Instead her Uncle Max is her biological father.  And basically that is the crux of the book; Ridley trying to track down her father who, it appeared, had a questionable past.  She finds herself mixed up with several others who are also trying to locate Max for reasons which may or may not have been explained.

 

I often state the narrator can make or break an audio-book.  In this instance the narrator is Elizabeth Kaye.  Unfortunately Ms Kaye’s narration may have been the primary reason I did not enjoy Sliver of Truth.  Apart from the plot, I found her character voices uninteresting with little or no inflection.

 

Well before half way I was only listening to finish the book and the last hour or so Sliver of Truth had been relegated to back ground noise.  Should I take a short drive, or commence a chapter a few minutes prior to arriving home, I will often replay the previous few minutes next time I am in the car.  Sliver of Truth did not have me reaching for the replay button.

 

The Sliver of Truth Goodreads blurb quotes the Richmond Times-Dispatch as stating the book ‘…will force you to stay up past your bedtime, just as you do with the books of James Patterson and Michael Connelly…’.

Didn’t happen with this reader!!

 

Because I sort of completed the book I will rate Sliver of Truth as a two star audio-book.  It may have been a better ‘read’.

 

I have rated

Sliver of Truth

 Sliver of Truth : Ridley Jones - Lisa Unger

as aread.

Goodreads readers have rated

Sliver of Truth

an average of 3.68 stars

from 4,481 ratings

and 475 reviews

Sliver of Truth

 

can be purchased on-line at

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A Forgotten Place

(Bess Crawford, #10)

by

Charles Todd

A Forgotten Place was my second Charles Todd book, and although a bit slow and tedious at times, was an enjoyable story about nurse Bess Crawford and her patients during and after World War I.

 

Bess comes platonically attached to a group of Welsh patients and one in particular.  She follows this patient, Captain Williams, to a small Welsh coastal village.  Here she finds a village whose inhabitants could well be living in the seventeenth or eighteenth century and not in the early part of the twentieth century.  Villagers and their attitudes appear to have frozen in time.  At best the townsfolk are suspicious of any strangers who visit their village, and at worst violent.  After Bess’ driver vanishes during their first night in the village, there is very little transport back to a neighbouring village, from where Bess can return to her unit.  She is a virtual prisoner.  The only car in the village will not transport her.  Bodies appear; some being buried in the darkest hours of the night.

Narrator Rosalyn Landor’s voice did not appeal to me.  However, she probably voiced the characters as they may have spoken one hundred years ago.  For my ear there was little difference between characters which, in my opinion, makes or breaks an audio book.  This is another of those books which may have been more enjoyable had I read it.

A Forgotten Place was interesting enough

to finish the entire book so I will rate

A Forgotten Place

with three stars.

Goodreads readers have rated

A Forgotten Place

an average of

3.75 stars

from 1,987 ratings and 348 reviews 

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A Forgotten Place

can be purchased online at

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Divine Justice

(Camel Club #4)

by

David Baldacci

 

 

Divine Justice  by David Baldacci is another in the Oliver Stone/John Carr series.  Divine, a town in the United States of America in which Oliver Stone finds himself, after stepping in to end a three against one brawl.

Divine is a very small town but appears to be prospering because locals are employed at a nearby super maximum security prison and a coal mine.  However….are these industries the only source of income?

Shortly after arriving in town Stone hears of some unexpected deaths in the town.  And then physical violence and bodies seem to follow Oliver around.  This body count and violence is only from the Divine bad guys.  The government has its own bad guys who think nothing of adding to these statistics.

The only negative I find with series is that the hero is almost super human and no matter the odds barely gets a hand laid on him during a brawl.  It would slow the story if we had to wait for him to heal, wouldn’t it?

As with other David Baldacci novels this one was well paced at no time did I feel the story line was slowing.  However, while reading Divine Justice, I was also listening to another book which would make a glacier appear to be breaking the sound barrier.

I enjoy this genre and David Baldacci’s novels

and think

Divine Justice

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is a

read.

Goodreads readers have rated

Divine Justice

an average of 4.19 stars

from 45,097 ratings

and 1,4882 reviews

Divine Justice

can be purchased on-line at

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The Tailor’s Girl

by

Fiona McIntosh

The Tailor’s Girl by Fiona McIntosh is the best book I have read this year; maybe all time.  Romance is combined with the trauma suffered by a returned World War 1 soldier who is suffering amnesia and shell shock, as it was known back then.  Jonesy, as the staff called him, is hospitalised towards the end of World War 1, and has no memory of anything prior to waking up in this establishment.

A friendly visitor (Eden) helps him escape from the hospital and he begins life again. Romance blooms, followed by marriage and a pregnancy.  Suddenly Alex is reborn with only flashes of memory and noises to remind him of those lost years.

The Tailor’s Girl was a thoroughly enjoyable novel.  It was well-paced and more than once I found myself sitting in our garage listening to the end of a chapter.  Narrator, Madeleine Leslay, made the nearly sixteen hours of this novel pass so quickly, it seemed more like a 7-8 hour book.

The Tailor’s Girl is definitely a five star audio book

 

The only negative comment is that I enjoyed The Tailor’s Girl so much it has been difficult to find a ‘next read’ that will hold my attention.

 

Other Goodreads readers have rated The Tailor’s Girl an average of 4.09 stars, from 1,135 ratings and 138 reviews.

 

Definitely a

5-stars

read.

The Tailor’s Girl

is the first novel to make

‘my favourites’ list in 2019.

The Tailor’s Girl

can be purchased on-line at

BooktopiaFishpond and Amazon.