==Synopsis of the book:==
Genevieve has achieved a life long dream when she purchases the houseboat ' Revenge of the Tide'. However, to do this she needed to supplement her day job as a Sales Executive with a evening work as a pole dancer in an exclusive gentlemen's club. The money in the Club was good and she was an excellent dancer but it was a dangerous and she was practically living a double life. As well as offering private dances she was invited via the club to private parties where the earnings were even greater.
After six months at the Club she had made enough money to buy her own houseboat and she leaves both her jobs in a hurry, keen to get away from the stress and problems involved in her lifestyle. The boat needs plenty of work on it, but she has allowed for time and expense to do this. She has quickly fitted into the boat owners community and finds her new friends very helpful. Once the boat is almost refurbished she invites all these new people and her old friends from London to a party on the boat. She worries how these two diverse groups will get on, but the last thing she expects is murder.
==My thoughts on this novel:==
I thought this was an average suspense thriller and one that was frankly quite a disappointment to me. My reason for saying this is simple a few weeks ago I read Elizabeth Haynes début novel 'Into the Darkest Corner', this I thought was excellent. It was a really refreshing read so I probably went into reading this book with too high expectations. As a result the author was probably on a hiding to nothing but I never felt this story gripped me like that one did.
The is not to say the book did not have its very good points. To start with I really enjoyed hearing all about the books leading character Genevieve's double life. It sounded very exciting and while there was always danger I found learning all about it particularly the pole dancing very interesting. It seemed such an unlikely occupation for a Sales woman by day and I really liked hearing how she adapted to it and made a success of the work, while still maintaining her other job.
However this was cancelled off in my opinion by the other part of the story her new life on the houseboat. I am sorry I found this dull and boring and as a result I always looked forward to the story returning to her London life. Because the author did not tell the story one story first then the other she moved from life at the current time on the boat to the changing life for Genevieve in London and all its new challenges and dangers. So while I did not find her new life interesting I always had the next chapter to life in London to look forward to.
My decision to purchase this book was made mainly on the basis that I enjoyed the previous one so much. I was keen to see how it compared as I loved the dark and sinister nature of its story. So when I saw this one in my local bookshop I knew I must purchase it. I thought it had a interesting title and I wondered what the author had in store for us this time. I flipped the book over to see what the summary was like. This was three very short paragraphs but I liked the concept of a sales lady being a pole dancer at night. It had exciting possibilities especially if these two lives were to somehow collide.
However as soon as I started reading it I was disappointed. Yes the writer still tells a good detailed story, but I found life on the boat boring and slow going. I would have rather she told the story chronologically started with London and how she got into working at the Club. That would have grabbed my attention but as it was I felt like I was waiting for something to happen. It has a slow feel to it and I did not feel I really understood or particularly liked the lead character.
As the story developed and started flitting from London back to the boat my interest improved. Particularly when Genevieve started new and dangerous things. You were never sure what would happen to her and what was really going on in the background that she choose to ignore. As this increased so did the suspense and mystery and the feeling that this lady was getting into deeper water.
There were several things that surprised me about the story and things that I wondered could they be correct, because they seemed unlikely to me. For example her friendship with the Policeman. Although on the positive side I did never have a clue what would happen next in the story and I was impressed with how things developed in the story. Yes more suspects within the story would have helped but it was cleverly thought out and some twists in the story were very unexpected.
The story seemed to increase in pace the further it went. With the final chapters being full of excitement, suspense and action. It was well scripted and in some respects all the outcomes were in keeping with the story itself so they made sense. Added to this the way the characters dealt with the ending again it made perfect sense given what I knew about their personalities.
Genevieve was the leading character and one that I found I liked more as the story developed. I found I admired the way she took to this unusual job as a Pole Dancer and the new things she had to deal with as a result. It made what she was doing in the daytime more interesting. Although it all seemed a little to easy for her. I liked her ideals and her single mindedness. And while I never felt I really understood how her mind worked I did like the way the author shared all her thoughts and emotions with the reader. As a result is as quite deep and I enjoyed the insight into her.
I am really not sure about this authors work having read this story. I love the depth she puts into her work and the stories. She clearly has some great ideas with her stories but I found this one to lack the compelling nature that the first one had. And while I can see similarities in this author work to authors such as Lisa Gardner I do not think on this showing she is as good. The story was split up into regular chapters these usually changed the scene from the Boat to London and while I never got lost by this I did think it would have helped to have the location and the date at the start of each one.
I am really undecided still as to whether or not I would recommend this suspense thriller. In my book it is worth 3 stars and I really liked the concept behind it because it was so different. Added to which it was well written and had really well described scenes. However I found most of the story on the boat very dull and sadly a fair amount of the story. Certainly for me this was no where near as good as her début novel and since that is the only thing I can judge this book but for my perspective is was a disappointment. That said I will be looking out for new books from this author to see how they compare.
Price 5.59 New at Amazon
Publisher: Myriad Editions
Year first published: 2012
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© CPTDANIELS April 2013.