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teaforthree Sun 14-Apr-13 18:11:24

I've just finished this book on the kindle, what did everyone else think to it? Did anyone else find the ending a bit stilted?

I found it very short as well, I think the concept was good, as far as a story about a missing child child could be good but I found some of the emotion lacking, and there were a few holes in the plot!

Also, suggest some more (cheap) kindle books for me, I'm running out!

MrsJohnDeere Sun 14-Apr-13 20:17:49

The Magpies - Mark Edwards. It was £0.99 yesterday.

A psychological thriller. Not great literature but a gripping read so far (I'm about 25% in)

Feenie Sun 14-Apr-13 20:51:25

What Have I Done £1.59 - I really enjoyed this.

teaforthree Mon 15-Apr-13 15:07:13

I've read What Have I Done and bought The Magpies the other day. There seems to be a dearth of reasonably priced books at the moment, all the ones I want are a fiver+ !

teaforthree Mon 15-Apr-13 15:08:42

I'm reading 13 tales from the asylum at the minute, which isn't bad. Do all kindle books have the same editor though? There seems to be a lot of spelling mistakes.

Feenie Mon 15-Apr-13 17:58:59

Yes, I commented on that the other day - Kindle books seem to have more errors in them.

hackmum Mon 15-Apr-13 18:29:24

I've noticed a lot of errors in Kindle books. I think what happens is that they scan in a printed version of the text and then do a cursory edit afterwards. The reason I think this is that you quite often see mistakes where "rn" is represented as "m" for example or the capital letter I is substituted for lower case l, or vice versa. You can only explain this by the use of scanning software.

I don't really understand why they can't just import the electronic file as they would for a printed book.

valiumredhead Thu 18-Apr-13 15:43:01

From the reviews you would think Finding Emma was an amazing piece of literature - I was massively disappointed and won.t be reading any of the sequels.

LOVED The Magpies - read it in 2 days, proper chewing gum for the eyes grin

SarahAndFuck Thu 18-Apr-13 20:34:59

There's going to be a sequel to Finding Emma, so that's probably why the ending was so abrupt.

I thought it was alright, but nothing special. I doubt I'll read Emma's Secret though, which I think is the next book.

I'm reading What Have I Done by Amanda Prowse now. It's okay, but some of the dialog feels very forced and unreal. I'm told it gets better. What do you think of it?

Who Is Sarah Lawson by KJ Rabane was good. A woman goes home one day and finds a strange family living in her house, claiming to be her family and calling her by the wrong name. She resorts to hiring a private investigator to help her.

Disappear by Iain Edward Henn was also really good. A man goes missing for almost 20 years, before his body is found on the street he first disappeared from. Even more strange, he doesn't appear to have aged a day and is still wearing the same clothes he had on when he vanished. And then other bodies start to appear, some killed just days earlier, some having been gone for many years, none having aged a day.

House of Silence by Linda Gillard. A woman goes to spend Christmas at her boyfriend's family home and discovers a mystery within the family.

Missing by Mary Stanley. A young girl vanishes from her home one night and her family, who seem to have everything, is slowly torn apart as they wait and wonder what has happened to her.

valiumredhead Fri 19-Apr-13 15:51:01

I thought What have I done was the Mills and Boon of Domestic violence shit

House of Silence I LOVED, I really rate Linda Gillard. Human Geology was a great book.

SarahAndFuck Fri 19-Apr-13 15:55:00

Valium you might be right about What Have I Done.

It's not getting any better at all and the more I read it, the more I feel annoyed just by the title.

It's all bit "He Knew He Was Right" melodramatic.

Feenie Sun 21-Apr-13 15:20:24

I thought What have I done was the Mills and Boon of Domestic violence

What a strange comment - it has nothing to do with romance. confused

valiumredhead Sun 21-Apr-13 16:50:43

Not strange at all - very heavy subject matter badly written, the chapters where she was abroad was pure Mills and Boon, I thought I was reading a different book.

SarahAndFuck Sun 21-Apr-13 19:01:26

I finished it this morning, and Valium I think you are right.

It was nuts.

Not that it does have anything to do with romance, but it did romanticise the subject of domestic violence and the aftermath.

I've just realised I'm late for work, so I'll explain why later.

valiumredhead Mon 22-Apr-13 10:24:12

The middle part of the book where she was lusting after bloke who ran the school was pure romance and Mills and Boon though - hence my comment about it being like 2 separate books.

'It was nuts' - that made me snort grin

SarahAndFuck Mon 22-Apr-13 12:40:02

I wanted to like the book very much, but I really didn't. And I'm about to have a good moan about it, with spoilers as well.

The only thing that kept me reading was the fact that it jumped about in time, ten years ago, now, three years ago, now, five years go, now, ten years ago, seven years ago, now.

I wanted really, the story of how she came to stab him, and some clever editing made sure you didn't get that until almost the end.

But at the beginning I found the dialog to be quite weak and unbelievable and I have no idea what the point of having the policeman who was also a family friend speak to Kathryn when he then vanished for the rest of the book.

Kathryn/Kate seemed entirely unscathed by the murder, by prison, by anything and seemed to recover from a 20 year old abusive relationship in mere moments.

Although at the end some of what she said and did while Mark was dying was clearly shock, everything afterwards seemed to be all fine again.

And that bit in the prison where she read to the inmate was ridiculous.

It was all dealt with in quite a light and fluffy way, with a lovely little flirtation thrown into the middle to make things nice. And even the bad people were lovely really, once Kate had spoken to them and made them see how pink and glittery the world could be. And it was, because like all women leaving prison, she came out as a millionaire.

She seemed to come out of the marriage, the murder and prison totally unscathed, apart from one bit that was totally out of character and out of the blue when she flung herself in the sea for no reason but nobody noticed and thought she was just having a nice paddle.

Nuts is the only word for it.

valiumredhead Mon 22-Apr-13 17:07:56

That sums it up beautifully! grin

SarahAndFuck Mon 22-Apr-13 17:41:41

I've just googled the author and apparently this book is book two in a series called The No Greater Love Series.

If I'd known that I wouldn't have downloaded it to my kindle with a bargepole.

Valium it seems your Mills and Boon comment was spot on.

valiumredhead Mon 22-Apr-13 18:08:25

Yep, I knew it! And there's no way I would have ordered something from a series called No Greater Love!!

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