Book-Review-Liar

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Liar

by

K. L. Slater

 

I think all parents want the best life partner for their children, even more so when your child has lost his/her partner and is raising two young children as a sole parent.  So it is with Ben who has lost his wife leaving him with two young boys to care for.  Fortunately his mother, Judi is a great help.

Then Amber comes of the scene. Ben and his father think Amber is wonderful.  Judi does not want Amber anywhere near her grandchildren.  A feeling exacerbated when Amber begins to discipline the boys not long after meeting Ben’s parents for the first time.

A struggle between two strong women, one of whom appears to be using the truth rather loosely, follows.  Amber appears to have an intense dislike for Judi and Judi reciprocates with her own antagonistic views of her potential new daughter-in-law which grow to the extent that she decides to delve into Amber’s past where inconsistencies abound.  This sets the stage for another fantastic ending, which was the icing on the cake, again, from K. L. Slater

Liar was my fifth K. L. Slater read.  Slater’s fans and fans of this gere should not be disappointed.

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I rated

Liar

Liar

as a solidstar read.

At the time of writing my review other

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Liar

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Book-Review-The-Apartment

The Apartment 

by

K. L. Slater

The Apartment was my second of K. L. Slater’s novels.  Freya, and her young daughter, Skye, are finding life difficult since the unexpected death of estranged husband and father.

Freya happens to meet elderly Doctor Marsden who is also looking for a tenant for a vacant apartment in his building in up market Kensington.  The apartment was not large but the peppercorn rent  being asked for the apartment, more than made up for its lack of size.  However would cheap rent and an up market setting compensate for the unease Freya felt about moving?

All tenants are much older than Freya’s thirty odd years, and all but one are not really friendly.   The ‘but one’ tenant is by far the friendliest and takes Skye under her wing paying special attention to the young girl.

A rumour emerges that a young girl died in Freya’s apartment however, Doc Marsden assures Freya that no child has lived in her apartment.

If my memory is working it is around here that things begin to go bump in the night….literally.  Around the mid-night hour things going bump and goose bumps was creepy and not wanted.  For anyone who may be thinking of reading The Apartment, you have been warned!

After slow-ish beginning, The Apartment developed into a very good read.  I cannot remember the last novel which gave me goose bumps.  For that I congratulate Ms Slater.

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I rated

The Apartment

The Apartment

as a solidstar read.

At the time of writing my review other

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The Apartment

an average of 3.75 stars

from 5,855 ratings

and 1,339 reviews

The Apartment

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Book-Reviews-Closer

 

Closer

by

K. L. Slater

Closer is promoted as a psychological thriller and I must confess to being thrilled when it ended.  Is it the publisher or author who adds the ‘thriller’ tag to a book’s description?  An interesting read but not as thrilling as other reads.

Seventy-five percent of the Closer is devoted to introducing and providing background information of each character.   During this seventy-five percent there were several occasions when I felt that the story was going to change gears, however, as I was pondering the who, what where when and why I would turn the page, commence a new paragraph and find the story focussing on one of the bit players.

There is also, occasionally, a paragraph or two written in italics which features (I believe) unnamed characters.   The action in italics takes place several decades earlier than present day.  In the context of the story this is important material, however, I believe only Perry Mason could figure out the connection.

Closer is about a family breakup, Shaun, Emma and ten year old daughter Maisie and in that aspect very topical.  And as often depicted in movies and television show children of blended families do not see eye to eye.  In Closer the future step mother has a witch of a ten year old daughter from her now deceased husband.

I must confess to not picking the villain.  In fact Closer could almost make a fair TV movie…all questions answered and unheard of villains introduced and disposed of in the last 10-20 pages of my mini-iPad and its enlarged text.  Based on the ending, and solely on the ending, I would have to read a sequel to Closer, especially if it was a direct follow up sequel.

I rated

Closer

Closer

as a


read.

At the time of writing my review

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Closer

an average of 3.95 stars

from 2,869 ratings

and 314 reviews.

Closer

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Book-Reviews-Little-Whispers

 

Little Whispers

by

K. L. Slater

Ever wonder how many of us have changed careers for the promise of a better lifestyle and salary?  I wonder how many women leave those decisions entirely to the man in their life.  Janey Markham let Isaac find a new job, a cheap house in a good street and barely questioned their luck or good fortune.  That is, before they moved.

Life was not better after they moved, if anything it was worse. Isaac was putting in longer hours for his new boss which was the exact opposite to that expected from this new job.  But the unanswered question was; Is Isaac really at work?

Janey is sure Isaac is not being open with her.  She also finds herself on the outside of the local clique of mothers in their street and is surprised, when introducing Isaac to one of her new found acquaintances, to notice that Isaac acts as if it is not their first meeting.  Furthermore her wardrobe and lifestyle does not match the others who spend way over Janey’s budget on one item.  To cap off Janey’s worries is the deathbed secret her mother left her with.

When I began reading Little Whispers I found the writing style difficult to read.  However, as the book progressed so did the writing; or maybe my concentration improved.  Whatever the case, I found myself being drawn into the story and wondering what the next chapter would bring.  And the ending ensured that while Little Whispers was my first Kim Slater read it will not be my last.

I rated

Little Whispers

Little Whispers by K.L. Slater

as a

read.

 

At the time of writing my review

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Little Whispers

an average of 4.09 stars

from 1,211 ratings

and 284 reviews.

Little Whispers

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