What a clever book, could not put it down,it was the cover that made me pick it out,glad I did....the musical backdrop as the time progresses is very clever and the twisting plot with inserted subliminal clues will keep the pages turning...gr8 holiday read....recommend.
by Paul Muggleton
An excellent and gripping story with compelling characters, especially the charismatic John Beart. The accessibility of the writing conceals subtlety of both character and plot. Much is left to the reader to work out from hints and allusions. What, as just one example, was the bond between Rachel and Beart which the Narrator couldn’t understand? I finished the book some weeks ago and I’m still pondering. A great, thought-provoking read.
by Tony Allen
This thought-provoking and wryly humorous novel had me in its grip from start to finish. The characters display ruthlessness, ability, ineptitude, shamelessness and fortitude. Few of them realise the fragility of their situation; each has a questionable definition of success. What a beautifully told and clever story this is.
A gripping story and a moral tale in one underlined by the sardonic sense of humour the Narrator needed for survival in a bleak dystopian world dominated by revenge, dishonesty, greed, selfishness and a lack of compassion. There is much implicit social comment in the unfolding story which tells us a lot about ourselves and what we are in danger of becoming if we do not beware of the game we may end up playing and fail to crack the code. A great read that was hard to put down.
by Mike Ryan
Great holiday read.....pacy with several unexpected twists
by Tony Gaskell
Captivating read. Wonderfully crafted with a lovely style of writing. Thoroughly enjoyed it and have recommended it to the local bookclub.
I romped through this book in a couple of days. Intricate plotting, great characterisation and a fascinating premise of how a schoolboy rivalry can play out in later life - with disastrous consequences. A salutary lesson also in following your heart rather than caving in to parental or peer pressure. Highly recommended.
by Jane Wallace
Lived in India, Philippines, UK.
MA, English: Cambridge University
MA, Creative Writing (Distinction): Kingston University, London.
Short story and poetry prize winner.
Fellow, Charted Institute of Personnel & Development
Formerly HR Director of Global Organisation