Another excellent story from Lisa Gordon, I loved the insight into Gaby, Gabriella Harvey and her legal world. The story really draws you in, carries you along, and just when you felt you knew where this was going, well it didn’t. Chick Lit and crime thriller is a good mix and Lisa Gordon does it so well.
So you can expect the unexpected, be prepared to feel the tension and suspense, and experience the uneasy, chilling sense of the unknown. The characters especially Gaby are well drawn and develop as the novel progresses, they are strong and believable with individual personalities. It is well paced and held my concentration throughout.
The descriptions are vivid and settings feel real and the dialogue is tense and gritty. The plot is intricate and compelling, with serial killers, childhood memories, nightmares and traumas dealt with seamlessly. Switching from new marriages to serial killers Gordon does with ease.
This is the second Lisa Gordon novel I have read and look forward to many more.
Barbara Goldie from the Kindle Book Review
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Food combining for flavor is an art form and Lisa is gifted. Six (sometimes more, sometimes less) ingredients and you can have a meal for your family, or yourself and a few house guests, that didn’t cost you an arm and a leg but isn’t standard fare. Although I have been cooking for over 30 years I found many ideas in this book. Last night we had the Haddock and Cheese Sauce – delicious and on the table in less than 30 minutes without a lot of fuss. I’ll make that one again but there are many others from the book to try first. If you get this book, be sure to skim through all the recipes because there are quite a few hidden gems within the recipes – especially about prepared salad dressings and spice blends. The author must be from the UK because in a few recipes she mentions a “vegetable marrow” – I had to google it. I can’t say I’ve ever seen these in our grocery stores, but I believe any summer squash would be a decent substitution. Every other term or ingredient was standard fare and easy to find in the grocery store. Great book for ideas, but also for new cooks not wanting to spend hours in the kitchen for every meal.
What a compelling introduction! Lisa shows WHY it is so much better to home-cook your meals than buy pre-prepared foods from the supermarket. Low fat means high sugar. And lots more reasons to get busy in the kitchen.
The index of recipes is over 3 pages long so you get tons of good ideas here for all kinds of dishes, both mains and desserts.
Options? Indeed. Lisa even gives vegetarian options such as replacing chicken breast with cashew nuts. And coconut milk as a lower fat option to coconut cream.
Measurements are provided in tablespoons/teaspoons and millilitres (mls). Temperatures are given in degree F.
Recommended. Your family will love you for it.
Recipes Even I Can’t Mess Up. Delightful recipes reminiscent of my youth but with added sparkle. These recipes are simple enough I can make them and the use ingredients I can get at our local store. What is more, they fit with some self-imposed dietary restrictions for some health and weight issues. Even the ones with foods I am limiting for now have such good things in them that as I relax the restrictions and again have “reward meals” I will explore those recipes because they have good, healthy ingredients. No more fast food treats for me.
I have looked out for Lisa Gordon’s books since I read her debut novel A Sealed Fate because I felt then she had a gift for quirky but credible plots and I wondered how that would develop. Next of Sin is her second offering in a similar genre, which I would place really as a fusion of the crime (serial murder) novel, the thriller / adventure novel with a fair bit of Chick-lit interest also thrown in. Once again she doesn’t disappoint with the quirky plot. It’s another serial murder plot with a twist; there are echoes of Enderby in that it’s not so much a whodunnit as a case of the lead character (Gaby) having the dilemma of how does she expose the murderer to an incredulous world before he gets to her first?
Gaby is a great heroine but there again I like Gordon’s heroines. I loved Valda in her first book and I love Gaby in this one. They are probably chalk and cheese. Valda is the tough cookie with the soft centre and Gaby is soft on the outside but with a quartzite core, which comes out in her determination. She is also very spiritual, which isn’t a surprise with Gordon novels as she likes to introduce an element of astrology or the occult. Gaby would be a candidate for the examination room marked Canonization except you are willing her to go through the door of the next one. This, by the way, is marked Carnalization. She’s a bit of both but shouldn’t all nice girls have that in their locker? You will be only too willing to kneel down to prayers with her, if that’s what she wants, but you can’t but hope that the missionary position will figure somewhere.
It’s a fast-paced symphony: there’s the first movement where it hits you in the solar plexus to start with as the villain gets off on a rampage; and then the slower movement where the author brings you back into the world of weddings and honeymoons and girls with top jobs thinking about their own empowerment and only secondarily about their men. The blokes are certainly not at the centre of their universe; they are satellites there for their interest and sporadic devotion. It is the kind of role-reversal you would expect from a woman writer who knows her own mind and prizes her own individuality above all other things and looks on men in the fond but slightly dismissive way that men have traditionally looked upon women. Then there’s the third movement, an endgame, a race against time, particularly from the moment that the villain begins to understand that Gaby and others are on the case. They are eliminated one by one.
You will know what I mean by quirky when you discover Gaby’s family are actually rooting for the villain. A weird and wonderful tapestry of human emotions, which definitely gets my vote and I can see how her writing has developed too. She has a much more assured touch now as if she has found her voice.