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GREAT READY for a LONG COLD WINTER’S NIGHT – Book Review

From award winning author Lisa Gordon ;

Next of Sin: A stunning psychological thriller

NEXTOFSIN

Now on amazon

REVIEWERS SAID

5.0 out of 5 stars Don’t read this too late or you’ll miss your bedtime by hours., January 5, 2015
This review is from: Next of Sin: A psychological thriller (Kindle Edition)
I was provided with a free copy of this book so I could give an honest review. When I started the book, I was thinking where is this going, maybe I picked the wrong book. After a few pages, ooh my! I couldn’t stop reading. After 3:30 in the night. I finished and I have to say, it is one of the better books I’ve read. The author is now on list of must read.
4.0 out of 5 stars Just when you think you’ve figured it…, December 21, 2014
This review is from: Next of Sin: A psychological thriller (Kindle Edition)
This is one of those stories where the author lets you know early on who the villain is, and that’s not a bad thing, because the story is more about discovery and burden of proof. The main character, Gabrielle, is forced into a position where she knows who the villain is, but also knows she can’t go to the police immediately because he’s a powerful and wealthy man, with an even more powerful father, leaving Gabrielle with the simple knowledge that if she didn’t present irrefutable proof to the authorities, the villain would easily weasel his way out of justice using his money and status. Another thing I enjoyed about this novel was the twists and turns, you feel like you’ve got the story down and suddenly the author makes a sharp turn and blam, the game is on all over again, I enjoyed that, it kept me guessing until the very end.

Although Gabrielle is clearly a flawed character, she discovers more about herself and what is really important in life as the story goes forward. Some of Gaby’s personality traits are a bit annoying, but I think they’re integral in portraying who she was at the beginning of the book versus who she is at the end. She’s imperfect on many levels, something I think we can all relate too to some degree…

4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced and exciting…., January 6, 2015
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This review is from: Next of Sin: A psychological thriller (Kindle Edition)
I was provided with a free copy of this book so I could give an honest review. I enjoyed the book immensely. It was fast paced and exciting with several unexpected twists and turns. As an American, I did have a little trouble with some of the colloquial references and some of the ideology of the pop culture in England. However, that did not impede my enjoyment of the story. If you like great characters with realistic dialogue, this is the book for you.
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow to start but finishes with a BANG!, January 16, 2015
By
Joyce Lazenby “Joy” (Kannapolis, NC United States) – See all my reviews
This review is from: Next of Sin: A psychological thriller (Kindle Edition)
I almost gave up but about a quarter of the way through it, the story started coming together. After that breakthrough, I could hardly put it down. The British colloquium was hard to follow but the book had sucked me in and I was determined to finish even if I didn’t quite understand what the phrases meant. Over all, a good book with lots of twists and turns the reader won’t foresee. I wish I could give it 3.5 stars but that option is not available. I was provided with a free copy of this book so I could give an honest review.
Read Now: http://www.amazon.com/Next-Sin-psychological-Lisa-Gordon-ebook/dp/B00I0ZF28C/

BOOK REVIEW – Next of Sin

 

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BOOK REVIEW – Next of Sin   By Sierra Klein

Next of Sin is available on kindle and in paperback on amazon..click here

 

Sometimes when I read a thriller, I can see what’s coming toward me but not here. This book scared the day lights out of me, it was THAT good! The main character witnesses a murder when she is just a little girl and being the ONLY witness, she remembers nothing. That is until she starts to have nightmares, which she is sure are memories from that night. The nightmares are not a pretty picture as she thinks she might personally know the killer. It’s hard for anyone to believe her and she starts to question her past as well as her family and friends. An extremely well written book, you have to read this!

Why sometime it feels as if it’s ‘Bollocks or Bust’ for authors

Dan Brown’s Checklist – A dozen ways to #1

Why sometime it feels as if it’s ‘Bollocks or Bust’ for authors

by Clive Hindle (author of the Eighth Square)

You know, I have a confession to make. I actually bought the latest Dan Brown effort, Inferno. The wife persuaded me to as she thought it would be good for me to read something which sells (she meant well but can be very witty at times). It was supposed to be a holiday read and I have done about ten chapters which, as each is about 3 pages long, isn’t that good going. His writing has improved a little since the horrible Da Vinci thing but not much. He’s a terrible name dropper too. So here’s what I have discovered is his winning formula, although it’s a shame to use the word ‘winning’ in this context as literary-wise it sure ain’t winning its pandering to a hackneyed formula which I have no wish to emulate even if I never sell a book again.

 

1. Find some mystery connected with Renaissance Art which will support a Catholic conspiracy theory of some sort (it’ll be Poussin and the frigging Albigensians next, you mark my words, if he hasn’t already done that with some other tome).

 

2. Think of the most ridiculous plot you can for some evil Roman Catholic mastermind to take over or destroy the world, with a large dose of a Vatican conspiracy theory in there just to justify or explain it. (Jesus! I thought the nuns at my Convent were savage but this guy must have been anally gang-raped by an Opus Dei convention, the down he has on them).

 

3. Find a suitably anaemic villain and tell everyone he or she’s really diabolical even if they look like a bit of a wuss in pantaloons and harlequin jacket.

 

4. Think of what commonplace message you want to get across as the new Book of Revelations and then get four or five characters to play the parts (there is only one because the characters are all interchangeable so it doesn’t actually matter who is speaking – good and evil, men and women, it don’t matter a jot).

 

5. Throw in the odd really ridiculously trite conversation just to show you’re an ordinary geezer at heart. 

 

6. Read up every damn thing you can on the Art subject and its surrounding history and spew it out at opportune moments throughout the plot to give the appearance of superior scholarship, no matter how awkwardly it might fit in. Don’t forget to drop in a sprinkling of impressive sounding names. 

 

7. Have a suitably bogus intellectual hero with an IQ of 751 who is ruggedly handsome and just can’t keep the babes off of his perfect pecs even if he is totally without an impure thought himself.

 

8. Throw in a heroine with an IQ of 851: except every time she’s about to prove it the bloke brings her down a peg or two and shows that a male 751 trumps a female 851 any day of the week. She will also be gorgeous, have tits the envy of Jordan, be sexually experienced but have somehow saved her virginity only for him, a waist size of 23 and only wears clothes when Dan wants to drop some famous designer names ie Versace, Armani, Hermes.

 

9. Make sure there’s a decent deus ex machina every time the plot gets you into a blind alley you haven’t the imagination to escape from by ingenuity alone.

 

10. Ensure in the end good triumphs over evil in a ferociously taut and trite climax.

 

11.Choose a famous picturesque Italian or European city city and make sure the action man Prof has a punch up at each and every one of the tourist attractions there and escapes by the skin of his teeth thanks to last minute divine intervention, knowledge of the finer points of physics or the fact that he really is Rasputin and David Haye wrapped up in one.

 

12. Most important of all, keep as far away as you possibly can from real life.

SEX is SO LAST YEAR – THRILLERS are back say the Amazon bestseller charts

Sex is so last year – or at least it is  according to Amazon’s annual list of bestselling books.

A year after the S&M-themed Fifty Shades  Of Grey by EL James licked and screamed it’s way up every best-seller list, book buyers have been seeking  different kinds of thrills.

In 2013 major hits on Amazon.com included The Cuckoo’s  Calling, a crime story JK Rowling wrote under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith and whose sales only soared after it was revealed that JK Rowling was the in fact the author.  John Grisham’s Sycamore Row was well received but perhaps only because of his famous name rather than the quality of the book.

Here are the bestseller lists, but what do readers really think?

TOP TEN ADULT BEST SELLERS 2013

1. Inferno: Dan Brown
2.  And The Mountains Echoed: Khaled Hosseini
3.  The Cuckoo’s Calling: Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)
4.  The Husband’s Secret: Liane Moriarty
5. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead; Sheryl  Sandberg
6. The Hit: David  Baldacci
7. Sycamore Row: John  Grisham
8. Entwined with You: Sylvia  Day
9. Never Go Back: Lee  Child
10. The Storyteller: Jodi  Picoult

Do readers love these books or do they merely buy them due to the hype, the accessibility and the comforting sound of a name you know and once loved or at least heard ad nauseam about?

Clive Miller said, “The villain in Inferno was thoroughly anaemic and yet we were lead to believe he was really diabolical even if he looked like a bit of a wuss in pantaloons and harlequin jacket.”

Tommy Shaw said, “Every Dan Brown plot is the same: choose a famous picturesque Italian or European city and make sure the action man Prof has a punch up at each and every one of the tourist attractions there and escapes by the skin of his teeth thanks to last minute divine intervention, knowledge of the finer points of physics or the fact that he really is Rasputin and David Haye wrapped up in one.”

Emily Smyth said, “I’m sure there are numerous other novels of different titles over the last few  decades with the same formulaic pattern and banal quality of characters that  goes to make the modern ‘thriller’. The only 2013 moderately original ‘thriller’ was  Lauren Beukes, ‘The Shining Girls’.”

Alison Kendal, “You don’t need sex to sell!” or any literary talent judging by Dan Brown’s  efforts. A good publicist is all that is needed these days to become a best  seller.”

CJ in Oxford, “I just never understood the 50 Shades thing. Definitely seems a “frustrated  housewife” thing to me. For goodness’ sake, if you’re that interested, people,  stop reading about it and go have a bit of fun.”

As far as The Cukoo’s Calling goes, Meredith Pinnock said, “This tome was packed with boring, inconsequential trivia that did not help the plot at all, and the different accents, all painstakingly written out, became more than tedious.”

Even die hard Grisham fan’s felt pained by his latest effort, “Sorry, this was so far the Grisham’s poorest effort, and I have ever been his die-hard fan. Dull, boring, dragging for eternity, with a helluva legal and trial hotchpotch and tens of messy characters who grew in numbers with each new page turning… An absolute and inconsistent mess.”

Of course all of these books also received rave reviews, we could put it all down to a matter of taste, but then again we cannot discount the tide of brutal criticism from readers and fans?

Does cream really rise to the top?  A bad egg also floats to the surface you know.

If you are also in the camp that has the morbsville with dull, contrived plots, plastic predictable characters and wishy-washy dialogue give an up and coming Indie Author a try.

DARK SIDE CROSSING by CULE HINDER

Did you ever look in the mirror and wonder where it all went
wrong?

Emerson knows just where it all went wrong and the career he has
carved out as a restorer of Churches is symbolic of his desire to seek
redemption and a path back to the light side.

The author focus on three phases of Emerson’s life. His childhood growing up in a
gritty Northern Town where his love of literature, poetry and the finer things
in life mark him out as rather bourgeoisie for the gangs he finds himself hooked
up with, is poignantly told. Emerson is the type of character in life who tags
along on the periphery and always ends up slap bang in the centre of the fracas.
The author’s tone and use of the vernacular capture the era and the spirit of
boyish youth which will chime with many.

The second ‘lane’ is Emerson in his early adulthood as a student revolutionary with the Baader Meinhof
Group.

The ‘fast lane’ in terms of the thriller aspect of the story kicks off when a thirty something and more mellow Emerson returns to the town he grew up in and meets by chance an old flame of his, Chemey. Cupid seems to have hope
for Emerson and Chemey who make a promising start romance-wise; however a female detective friend of Chemey has immediate suspicions about Emerson and he retreats back to Kent. With his new romance seemingly doomed, Emerson sets about finding out what happened to his first love Diane. Diane seems to have disappeared and when Emerson finds a corpse hidden in the fireplace/cellar of Diane’s childhood home, he fears the worst. Emerson’s investigations into
Diane’s death lead him to discover a bizarre Christian sect with only a handful of elderly members and yet seemingly vast resources. How is this Christian cult linked with Diane’s death? Are they linked to a string more recent of murders in
England? What really happened when several hundred of the cult members ‘ascended’ a decade previously. What does Emerson’s old comrade and now MP know about it and will he tell? Emerson’s investigations lead him full circle: back
to Chemey and back to where it all began in that Lancashire town.

Completing the circle will bring him redemption; but will he live
to enjoy life with a clean conscience?

NEXT OF SIN by LISA GORDON

A string of murders dating back to 1987 and in all that time only one witness
and she doesn’t even know she’s a witness!

Two teenagers fooling about on a  camping holiday; a young woman marries surrounded by her loving family; an
idyllic honeymoon; a salubrious law firm – the image of perfection and yet evil
lurks. A body on a Moroccan Beach; a missing girl in Japan; a corpse floating in
the Mediterranean – what is the link?

The vital clue lies locked in away in a
memory – a memory that now wants to be remembered.

A desire to explain a
recurring nightmare, leads young lawyer Gaby to a horrifying discovery which
throws into question everything she thought she knew about her past, her family
and even herself. She is forced to stray onto the wrong side of the law in world
where the scales of justice are rigged in favour of her eminent and respectable
adversaries. Along with an unlikely set of allies from across the social strata
she digs into her past, knowing that it will change her future forever. Gaby’s
hunt for the truth will cost her everything; it may even cost her her life.

 

SCORPIO RISING by ALAN ANNAND

A criminal profiler investigates the killing of a New York City heiress and
discovers her death is linked to two other murders on the same day: a dot-com
millionaire in San Francisco, and the team leader of a CIA counter-terrorist
project in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

————

Criminal
profiler Axel Crowe investigates the killing of a New York heiress, and
discovers her death is linked to two other murders on the same day: a dot-com
millionaire in San Francisco, and the team leader of a CIA counter-terrorist
project in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

A finder of wayward people and stolen
possessions, the enigmatic Crowe profiles subjects in a distinctly unique manner
– using astrology, palmistry and other unconventional techniques.

Facts
are gross, but the truth is subtle, Crowe’s guru used to say. And although the
truth behind this three-way conspiracy lies buried in the past, Crowe is
relentless until he uncovers it.

————

In the space of
one hour, three strangers die violent deaths. A hit-and-run vehicle kills a
dot-com millionaire jogging in San Francisco. A car bomb obliterates the team
leader of a government counter-terrorism project in Los Alamos, New Mexico. An
assailant ambushes a New York heiress walking home from Broadway and forces her
own pepper spray down her throat.

In all three cases, investigators
reach an immediate impasse. Each victim leaves an estate of millions, but their
beneficiaries all have perfect out-of-town alibis. Theories swirl around the
victims like flies on a corpse – a contract killing for financial gain, a
lover’s quarrel spiraled out of control, a domestic al-Qaeda strike…? The
police are stymied and the FBI is worried.

Axel Crowe, criminal
psychologist, is summoned to New York by the brother of the woman who was
murdered. Crowe is a man with an obscure past but a brilliant reputation.
Occasionally he consults as a profiler for the police. More commonly, he is a
finder of wayward people and stolen possessions. Despite initial stonewalling
from the NYPD, Crowe profiles the killer in his own unique way – using
astrology, palmistry and other unconventional techniques.

His
investigation follows a tangled trail of illicit relationships – from one
suspect to another and, eventually, yet another. Ultimately, he learns that all
three victims were killed in the space of one hour. But is it coincidence or
conspiracy?

Facts are gross, but the truth is subtle, Crowe’s guru used
to tell him. And although the truth lies buried in the past, Crowe is relentless
until he uncovers it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW THRILLERS TO LOOK OUT FOR:

NEXT of SIN

How has the year started for Aquarius?

Aquarius – Opening Months of 2014

Work motivation may have not kicked in yet, but your passions for other areas of life have hit the ground running.  Aquarians are having a large dose of New Year optimism for the more enchanting aspects of life – you want to make 2014 count and that does not mean in the accounting sense.  A life audit last year made many Aquarians take a long hard look at where they are and while on the surface things may look good, it’s “only the heart that sees rightly” and so while the pros may exceed the cons as far as the material side of life goes, that is far from satisfactory and Aquarians are looking for meaning this year. I think Aquarians know in their heart what would make their lives zing and perhaps what has been lacking is the impetus to get cracking.  Whenever you are living life for the moment and being a free spirit you can guarantee that someone will be trying to criticise and control you – perhaps even reign you in.  January is ideal for defining your needs diplomatically to those who care about – planning things now and getting the people around you on board will go a long way to making it easier for you to fulfil new goals and needs especially those which are not easy for others to understand.

LOVE:

Do not be distant – communication in new and older relationships is vital.  Do not isolate yourself either.  Passions will run high this period and bearing in mind your ‘searching’ mentality you may jump quickly into an ill-advised liason – be it a one night stand or an affair.  By all means pursue what feels right and what makes you feel alive, but bear in mind the stakes and the risks.  If you do act, take it a touch more slowly and ask yourself, “Is this really what I hope it is.”

WORK:

A very productive time for working in teams and creating harmony in your work environment.  Introducing new technology and helping those you work for or with to switchover is likely.  It is best to get contracts signed, new terms of employment negotiated and resumes sent out before Mercury turns retrograde on the 22nd of January.    Your mind will be inclined to drift off into a dreamworld and so this is not an ideal time for intensive study, deadlines or detailed precision work.  Try to put off the aforementioned or delegate it out. The best use of these period is in creative planning for your business or learning new skills – if you are an employee you may well be sent to learn new IT skills or management training.  Union representation or other political interests you get involved with ie action groups, pressure groups and lobbies will keep you very busy and provide a social outlet.

For more try kindle book:  HOROSCOPE 2014 – Astrology and Numerology Horoscopes

If you enjoy astrology, you may enjoy:  A Sealed Fate

 

The DREAM which made her life a NIGHTMARE – Brand new, devious and dark thriller

NEXT OF SIN – New Book Release

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A string of murders dating back to 1987 and in all that time only one witness
and she doesn’t even know she’s a witness!

Top Amazon Reviewer Dii called it, “A chilling thriller that will dig deep into your marrow and whittle away at your faith in humanity and justice.”

 “I really enjoyed this suspenseful novel! It reminded me of a Hitchcock thriller,
filled with danger but not depending on blood, guts, and gore like modern
novels.” – Dianne Rapp

The characters are so real you seemed to really connect with them.” Julie’s Book Review

Susannah St Clair of VINE VOICE said, “I sure can’t wait for the next one but Lisa?? This is going to be hard to top!”

Not your usual crime story with a clichéd plot and characters but genuinely
creepy because these are people and situations that you might meet in everyday
life.”  Linda Bahnan, author of Hot Times in Goa.

Winner of the 9th American Gem Literary Festival, Lisa Gordon presents her second thriller, Next of Sin.  A must read if you enjoy a quality psychological thriller written in a peppi contemporary style.

Two teenagers fooling about on a camping holiday; a young woman marries
surrounded by her loving family; an idyllic honeymoon; a salubrious law firm –
the image of perfection and yet evil lurks. A body on a Moroccan Beach; a
missing girl in Japan; a corpse floating in the Mediterranean – what is the
link? The vital clue lies locked in away in a memory – a memory that now wants
to be remembered.
A desire to explain a recurring nightmare, leads young lawyer Gaby to a
horrifying discovery which throws into question everything she thought she knew
about her past, her family and even herself. She is forced to stray onto the
wrong side of the law in world where the scales of justice are rigged in favour
of her eminent and respectable adversaries. Along with an unlikely set of allies
from across the social strata she digs into her past, knowing that it will
change her future forever.
Her quest for truth will cost her everything;
it may even cost her life.

Next of Sin will make you wonder whether anybody you meet can be trusted and the safe answer
is, NO.

Next of Sin is an entertaining must-read with a serious true to life twist and needs to be loaded onto your kindle and packed into your suitcase as a holiday read for Easter or a cosy paperback to curl up with while the Polar Vortex still bites.

Available right now on kindle and paperback via amazon US, UK, and other sites across the world.

THRILL SEEKERS – Bestselling THRILLERS on KINDLE

It’s cold and wet! What you need is a warm mug of coffee and a stimulating, gripping read to rocket you into another world. A world of excitement, white knuckle tension and nerve burning action. Here are some terrific thrillers from amazon.

BR1

“If you don’t pay me £250,000.00 in the next 48 Hours you will die”. The text on Josh Hammond’s BlackBerry was blunt and chilling. Surely it must be a joke, but when Josh is attacked in broad daylight and people around him start to die he knows that his blackmailer is deadly serious. Can Josh raise the money, can his attractive new bodyguard protect him, who is blackmailing him and why? He has 48 hours to find out. The first novel in the acclaimed City of London Thriller series is a hit which will enthral everyone who knows and loves its London settings. Rich in detail and truly evocative it is a real page turner, told in around 100,000 words.”

Positive Reviews

“The imagery in the book is rich and really adds to its texture. The image of rainfall like sugar on strawberries had me from the off. The book is fast paced and moves into the main plot quickly, which helped keep my attention and increased my desire to read farther.”

“I liked the honest human feelings down, the humour and suspense. I would definitely read another book by this author.”

Negative Review

“Whilst, I thought the idea behind the story line for this novel was interesting, I ultimately found the book frustrating. I felt it was far too wordy and although the author took time to describe what his characters were wearing, he failed to portray their individual characters. Throughout the novel, I felt I had little real idea of the character of the protagonist.”

BR2

This riveting suspense thriller explores the special bond between a brother and sister when Richard Baimbridge rushes back to his coastal hometown of Wilmington, NC, to assist with his sister’s recovery after she’s brutally attacked and crippled investigating the rape of a 13-year-old. Coming face to face with his tormented past and a dark family secret, he fights to stay above the flood of childhood trauma and, serving as his sister’s legs, is drawn into the dark underside of this quiet coastal community where he, himself, becomes the primary suspect in the murders of Wilmington’s young girls.

POSITIVE REVIEWS

Although this book started off a little slow, it built the pace and eventually became a keeper. I wouldn’t describe it as unputdownable, but only because there were times when I HAD to put it down and take a breather.”

“An enjoyable story which invokes a variety of
emotions leaves you often in suspense and guarantees as a few surprises along the way.”

NEGATIVE REVIEWS

With a contrived plot, signposted twists, repetitive devices – how many times can one man ruin his clothes and have to throw them away before you need to write in a trip to the shops for new trousers? – and scenes so insultingly unbelievable you’ll snort with derision, this book was overpriced even at 38p.”

“It was riddled with spelling mistakes and rubbish over-dramatized descriptions. I wonder if this book was self-published. Anyway, Bill Brenners, don’t give up the day job is my advice to you.”

I note that while the negative reviews on this book are thoughtful, well put together and informative; the positive reviews are short, vague and repetitive leaving me to believe the negative ones are more accurate.

BR3

Grisham introduces a small-town Virginia lawyer named Malcolm Bannister, who’s dubiously convicted of money laundering for a drug-lord client, and maps out a revenge plot from his federal penitentiary cell that’s twice as elaborate as the one Alexandre Dumas cooked up in The Count of Monte Cristo. Like many a Grisham hero, Mal is a legal insider who knows how to work the system to his advantage. He’s also a peculiarly lone wolf, willing to shed all his family ties in pursuit of a very long and entertaining con.

POSITIVE REVIEWS
“This is by all means a good book, but my expectatons of John Grisham are based on the excellent books he has written in the past, and are therefore much higher.
The story is nice, but not particularly captivating. Grisham’s books typically keep me awake all night reading, Sadly, this one does not fall into that category.
Perhaps, as many people say, the sun has indeed set on this great author. Nothing he has written in the last few years compares to his first few books.
My one word summary would be “disappointing”. If the authors name for this book had been John Doe, I would definitely not look for any of his other books to buy.”

“The Racketeer is the first of his books that I have tried for several years and you know what – it was a good read.

The story was enticing and credible, the characters well drawn and interesting and the plot drew me in and I read the entire book , if not breathless, but certainly well engaged, over a couple of days.”

NEGATIVE REVIEWS

The “big twist” was completely spottable very early on – so reading this was more about guessing how it gets revealed rather than what happens. As usual, Grisham is let down by his inability to write characters well – I’ve no idea whether I like the main guy or not (I feel rather “meh” about him) and the love interest lady was very poorly sketched out – although I’m left with the impression that Mr Grisham is a fan of large boobs and long legs, because that’s all he really said about her. I did get the feeling that The Shawshank Redemption was more than a little influential – I think the idea was “innocent man breaks the law to get justice”, just not as well done. Having said all that, I quite enjoyed it – but I doubt I’ll remember a thing about it a year from now.”

“This had the potential to be a very interesting story but it is let down by the absence of characters that we care about and by the padding that stretches it out significantly longer than the storyline warrants. There is a low level of suspense throughout, but not enough to maintain your interest.”

ASF<

A chain of tragic deaths across Dubai spanning two decades, only Valda knows they were not accidents, but murders. Her name is next on that list…..

Spunky singer Valda ditches her old life in Cape Town for a new start in glittering Dubai. Armed with just her cigarettes and some attitude she sets about reigniting her career and putting to bed the heartache over her former boyfriend Richard.
Valda does indeed find success and to her astonishment love, but all is threatened when she is introduced to a billionaire Sheikh. Her clandestine liaison with the Sheikh, propels her into a murky web of deceit and when newspaper clippings of seemingly accidental deaths across Dubai are posted anonymously to her it is clear she is rushing headlong into the same fate.

No one dare cross the Sheikh and she can hardly hardly turn to the law, so with few options open she confides in Larissa.
As an astrologer, Larissa predicts that Valda and the Sheikh's destinies were sealed from the moment of their first meeting; however she keeps the dire fate that she reads in the charts a secret.
Together, Valda and Larissa take a gamble in a game of cosmic Russian Roulette where the stakes are their lives and their adversary, Fate itself.

POSITIVE REVIEWS

“A riveting read. Cleverly written this modern suspense thriller charts the story of Valda and is set in the exotic but dangerous locations of Cape Town and Dubai. Containing destiny, fate, karma, intrigue and passion it is an edge of the seat read. Its emotional impact is chilling and often quite scary and its tight description and dialogue create real tension. That said it is an easy read and has an easy plot that suddenly shakes you with its swift turns. The journeys between Cape Town and Dubai are very tense and often chilling. The atmosphere and culture of Cape Town and Dubai come alive on the page and Gordon cleverly weaves all this into easy dialogue and vivid descriptions. Once the reader is comfortable with the story along comes another sudden twist. The storytelling is compelling and moves at a fast pace making the book difficult to put down.”

“But the best thing about this book is the characters. The author understands so well how people hang together, how one thing in life relates to another, and how we tend to act in line with our personalities, no matter how perverse this may occasionally be! A real warmth shines through the writing… this author really cares about these characters and I really fell in love with the two main ones! I had a bit of a crush on the love interest too!”

NEGATIVE REVIEWS

I thought the story was slow to start but it revved up at around page 40 and I was glad I stuck with it. The pace then gradually increased to a frenetic speed towards the end. The second half of the book was gripping and intriguing. However, the conclusion was abrupt. I was left wanting more and would have liked to see the story and charaters develop further.”

“It started out good but I did not like how the ending was so quick
There could have been further story line.”