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Buried Dreams by Brendan DuBois
Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur ISBN: 0312327315
Reviewed by Laura Helfrich
The Murder Exchange by Simon Kernick
Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur ISBN: 0312314035
Reviewed by Laura Helfrich
THE GHOST WRITER By John Harwood
Publisher: Harcourt ISBN: 0151010749
Reviewed by C.J. Curry
Stories within a story within a story within a story. Reality? Dreams? Imagination? Or madness?
Like whorls and eddies, bits and pieces. Bits of colored glass in a child’s kaleidoscope. Does it all come together into a beautiful and understandable pattern ? You MUST read until the bitter end to find out.
Gerard Freeman has grown up in Mawson, Australia listening to the stories his mother tells him of growing up in England. The beautiful country manor called Staplefield where she enjoyed an idyllic childhood.. That is until his mother caught him going through her personal papers. The stories stopped, never to be told again. No amount of urging on Gerard’s part would heal the fury and anger his mother had expressed when she found him holding a photo of an older woman. No mention was ever made again of her past.
Gerard’s father had long ago retreated into his work and the garage out back where he had built up a collection of toy trains over the years. Gerard, therefore became a very lonely boy.
A miracle happened when Gerard was thirteen years of age. He had a wonderful letter from a girl his age who lived in England and wanted to be his pen friend. Now he had someone to pour his heart out to. The youngsters became each others confidants in all matters. Gerard dreamed of someday meeting his Alice and becoming lovers and being wed.
And so the story begins…………….
John Harwood has written a tale of love. Obsessive love. Of betrayal. Of wasted lives, And finally of terror. His stories all lead up to learning the truth about Gerard’s mother’s past. But in the beginning there doesn’t seem to be any connection. Until Gerard makes a horrifying discovery about his mother. Or did he? Is it real? A dream? Imagination? Or has he in fact gone mad? You have to wait until the final pages to find out. But don’t skip to the end or you will miss a very cleverly written tale…………………
Purgatory: A Prison Diary Volume II by Jeffrey Archer
Publisher: St. Martin's Press ISBN: 0312330987
Reviewed by Narayan Radhakrishnan
Here, at last, is the second part of the proposed Prison Diary trilogy of Lord Jeffrey Archer. While reviewing Volume I of A Prison Diary, I had admired the ability of Archer to bounce back, and sheer perseverance, beating all odds when all cards are down.
Archer convicted of perjury and obstructing justice in 2000 was sentenced to a four- year imprisonment term. His first three weeks were in Belmarsh, or in Archer’s words ‘Hellmarsh’. Those 21 days were chronicled in A Prison Diary. Now Archer has been transferred to Wayland, - a more ‘easier prison’. Archer continues his scathing attack on the prison laws of England in Purgatory also. He questions the justifiability of treating white-collar criminals in par with hardened murderers and rapists. Yet again, Archer was able to find for himself a good company, and comments that hearts of gold might sometimes be seen in places one least likely expects to find. I also liked the way the author described his sentiments and emotions while describing about 9/11, in the closed walls of the prison.
Most impressive, and like I said about Volume I, the greatest facet of this work also is the optimism the author expresses… you got to admire the never say die attitude of the man
Surely a Diary with a difference.