The book business loves handcuffs – and not just in shades of grey. There are colonies of different genres with all kinds and creeds and orthodoxies. I can understand this. I’d be pretty surprised if I opened a can of Walmart Tuna to find it stuffed with caviar. But for sure – I’d survive somehow as long as I had some fizzio therapy vino in the house to help me swallow my consternation. I’ve always spilled outside the genre corset, mainly because of sex. I’ve just got to put some in – well rather a lot actually.
I came across Nicky Wells a few years ago now. She’s a trouper and just the kind of girl who’d give you caviar rather than tuna. At the time she was singing a rock song from one of her books to a live audience. She’s just got a new book out and here’s my review.
Well, I sat down to read a few pages and ended up putting it down finished at 2 o’clock this morning. I’ve never been sure what genre of book I go for and this story suited me because it’s an action suspense romance thriller. What hooked me in was that right from the start I cared about the characters. The tension is well maintained and there’s a bit in a ventilation shaft that had my palms sweating. There’s a strong love story and of course a mystery to solve with an evil villain and an East End market barrow load of red herrings. The writing style is easy to read as the story romps along. I won’t add any plot spoilers but there’s a sexy girl and a well hunky hero. It’s also a modern tale with clearly some research done into computer hacking and the world of data storage. It’s a glass of wine story – once you’ve started, you’ve got to finish it.
Ditch the genre corset and spread out with a good story.
When I’m writing I find it quite hard to read books of other authors. I think secretly this might be because I realize that so many of them are better than me. In any event, it is really easy to pick up someone else’s style or even steal an idea – as if I would allow anyone to walk into my book without asking why, from all the books in the world, did they have to walk into mine?
I made an exception with Carol Wyer’s latest book, Little Girl lost, figuring it would be nothing like a thriller – after all she’s a celeb ‘social comment comedy writer. Wrong – Carol has put a reverse twist in her own plot. She’s gone over to the dark side and I kinda feel she might might do well enough to buy a house there and may never come back. Actually I think Carol is a talented writer who can just write anything from shopping lists to best sellers. It’s a twisting tale of revenge and deception that will keep you holding on and turning pages. I scribbled a quick review
I’ve read Carol Wyer before and thought of her as a writer of wry social comedy. This book is a new departure into thriller territory where there is plenty of competition from some really big fish. I don’t want to add any spoilers as to the plot but the story twists and turns around the issue of identity. Detective Inspector Robyn Carter eventually solves all the puzzles and will doubtlessly snake herself around many perplexing inquiries in the future. A good well paced read that keeps you guessing.