NUMEROLOGY DECIPHERED

If you are interested in astrology, numerology, palm reading, psychic readings, clairvoyance etc then you are already aware that life is not one big coincidence, but a series of patterns and puzzles from which we can decipher clues as to our unique potentials and destiny.

Now on amazon

As many of you know I write books on astrology, however numerology is the perfect complement to astrology in terms of gaining an insight into your personality, psychology and life path.

Numerology is a simple way of gaining insights into yourself and others via those most fundamental letters and numbers connected to you ie your name and date of birth. The date of birth is key as it is the one constant in life: our name and place we live changes, but as the compass always points North, our date of birth is fixed and fundamental to who we are.

The purpose of this book is to dive right into numerology with a hands on guide to how to calculate your numbers from your birth date and name and to derive what they mean for you.

Numerology Deciphered exclusive to amazon

Numerology Deciphered exclusive to amazon

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SUPERB CRIME FICTION for Summer Reading.

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BLOOD IS CRUELLER THAN WATER.

A serious of supposed drownings all bear an eerie hallmark and young lawyer Gaby is the first to link them as the handiwork of a ruthless and conniving serial killer; a killer with a mask of respectability and success, a killer she knows only too well.

Recently married and on the brink of partnership at her firm, Gaby should be on top of the world, but she has stumbled upon something which will make her enemies in high places and will tear her personal life to threads. Who will believe her? Who can she trust?

Gaby joins forces with former detective, Robbie Baggio and they race to gather the evidence and bring down the web of evil protecting this serial killer. However the killer’s instincts alert him to danger and when those closest to the Gaby start turning up dead, she must rely on both her legal skills and grim determination to ensure justice is served.

Conspiracy at the top levels of the judiciary and corruption weaving its way right to the heart of family life; there is more to Gaby’s mission than unmasking the murderer.

A thriller that will make you wonder if you can ever trust anyone again and the safe answer…..is NO.

Available on KOBO, NOOK, AMAZON and APPLE

TERRIFIC free and 99cent BOOK from BUCK BOOKS – The Problem with Paleo

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The Problem with Paleo: Taking a Deeper Look at the Popular Myths and Fallacies of Eating Like a Caveman – Kindle edition by Joey Lott. Health, Fitness & Dieting Kindle .

Holy Health Food or Paleo Propaganda?

So, you’ve given up grains, sugar, and dairy—the evil white foods—in the name of health and weight loss. Seems like a pretty good plan, right? After all, the world is abuzz right now with paleo diet plans and low-carb lifestyle tips. It seems everyone has gotten on the paleo bandwagon, but is it really all it’s cracked up to be?

Lots of Hype, But How Much is True?

The industry experts—the Wolfs, the Sissons, the Kressers—claim that a paleo or “primal” diet can cure all that ails you. Diabetes will disappear. Digestion will run like clockwork. Your excess weight will melt right off, and your muscles will be the envy of bodybuilders everywhere. The trouble is that most people don’t question if any of it is really true. Worse yet, some people start to experience negative side effects—fatigue, weakness, anxiety—and go to greater dietary extremes, still sucked into the paleo ideology.
The trouble with most diets is that they claim to work for everyone all the time. And the truth is that that is simply not true! Paleo is no different. So if paleo doesn’t work the way it says it does, what is the truth?

Questions Answered, Health Renewed

Is insulin really the “fat-storing” hormone? Is sugar really the devil? If ketones are the preferred fuel source for the body, why will the body resort to eating its own muscle tissue if it’s deprived of carbohydrates? Author Joey Lott explores these, and other vital questions in The Problem with Paleo, a must-read for anyone hooked on the paleo propaganda but wondering if it’s really too good to be true. If you thought the paleo diet was going to be your cure all, but instead you feel weak and anxious, then maybe it’s time to ask some important questions and get a balanced view on this diet craze. The Problem with Paleo could be your solution.

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NOW on amazon – Pressure Cooking Reinvented

presscookPressure Cooking is back in Vogue

PRESSURE COOKING is availible in kindle and paperback on AMAZON until 18 NOV click here

*All measurements in metric and imperial due to request, with conversion tables*

TIME and MONEY – the two things we do not have a lot of these days.

Pressure cooking is FAST, you can whip a meal for 8 in less than ten minutes cooking time.
Everything goes into the pressure cooker and so there is only one dishwasher friendly pot to wash.
SAVING ELECTRICITY – Back in the 80’s when my Mom was using her pressure cooker electricity was not as expensive, but these days it is extortionate and is sometimes higher than the mortgage in terms of monthly outgoings. With a pressure cooker you can cook a meal in 10-15 mins, when it would have taken at least one hour in an oven where it would have been eating up electricity. And who wants to clean the oven – NOT ME! The faster cooking times and the fact that everything is in one pot saves a bundle when it comes to power.

So to get you going, here are delicious soup, meat, fish and chicken recipes from around the world. Included are cake and loaf recipes as well.

Book includes a detailed set of tables so that you can cook any kind of food any time with confidence.

FAST, FASHIONABLE FOOD.

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I know I’ve had those thoughts and for years I’ve avoided using the pressure cooker that I inherited from my mother (sound familiar?). It’s time to drop those fears and haul it out it out of storage, or get one of the fancier new ones that are making a comeback, and try one of these delicious-sounding recipes.

Lisa makes a good argument for using a pressure cooker and even writes about some great health tips that I wasn’t aware of about the advantages of pressure cooking. There’s an excellent variety of recipes to choose from, although there is a heavy leaning toward meat dishes (fish, poultry, different meats). There are soups, veggie, quick bread and dessert/holiday dishes included, so you’re sure to find something you’d enjoy. I’m going to try the Jaipur Shrimp Curry and the Steamed Lasagna shortly. There are some things I wouldn’t have thought about making in a pressure cooker (like the lasagna), so my curiosity is piqued!

Highly recommended recipe collection. Get going with your pressure cooker and save some money on those nasty electric bills at the same time!

5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing It Back to the Kitchen October 15, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition

I often wondered why the pressure cooker went out of style. My mom wasn’t much of a cook (sorry, it is the truth) but the family always LOVED pressure cooker night! If you’ve never tried food from a pressure cooker, you’re in for a treat. Far superior to the over-blended flavors a crock pot provides and you don’t have to leave the darn thing on all day just to cook a meal! This time saving appliance needs to return to our lives. The next one I find on sale is coming home with me.

As for this book – yum! A wide variety that I’ll be trying. Many different styles and countries (Norwegian, British, French, Chinese, ‘cowboy’, Greek) are represented and appreciated. There are a few I’ll adapt for our family but the introduction provides a solid base of knowledge so I’m relatively certain I won’t mess anything up with my substitutions.

5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Reasons October 9, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition

I grew up in the era when pressure cookers were mainly used to can green beans! Ha! Lazuli’s book is an eye-opener. She gives compelling reasons to use a pressure cooker in our often harried days of not much time. I was surprised and pleased to learn the benefits of pressure cooking which include: health and nutritional benefits, time saving benefits, and even money saving benefits!

Lazuli gives practical and delicious recipes from soups through desserts. As a person who has lived in various countries during my life, I especially appreciated the international flavors Lazuli has included in this book.

This book is highly recommended! Enjoy!

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BOOK REVIEW – Next of Sin

 

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BOOK REVIEW – Next of Sin   By Sierra Klein

Next of Sin is available on kindle and in paperback on amazon..click here

 

Sometimes when I read a thriller, I can see what’s coming toward me but not here. This book scared the day lights out of me, it was THAT good! The main character witnesses a murder when she is just a little girl and being the ONLY witness, she remembers nothing. That is until she starts to have nightmares, which she is sure are memories from that night. The nightmares are not a pretty picture as she thinks she might personally know the killer. It’s hard for anyone to believe her and she starts to question her past as well as her family and friends. An extremely well written book, you have to read this!

Reading that with get your mind travelling with leaving home

Review for A SEALED FATE
 
A riveting read.
 
 
Cleverly written this modern suspense thriller charts the story of Valda and is set in the exotic but dangerous locations of Cape Town and Dubai. Containing destiny, fate, karma, intrigue and passion it is an edge of the seat read. Its emotional impact is chilling and often quite scary and its tight description and dialogue create real tension. That said it is an easy read and has an easy plot that suddenly shakes you with its swift turns.Image The journeys between Cape Town and Dubai are very tense and often chilling. The atmosphere and culture of Cape Town and Dubai come alive on the page and Gordon cleverly weaves all this into easy dialogue and vivid descriptions. Once the reader is comfortable with the story along comes another sudden twist. The storytelling is compelling and moves at a fast pace making the book difficult to put down.
The characters are well written and relationships both warm and friendly through to cold and chilling. Valda soon realises that a chain of tragic deaths across Dubai over the last twenty years were not accidents but murders and her name is next on the list. As this unfolds Lisa Gordon keeps the reader guessing as Valda’s relationships with Richard, the Sheik and his bodyguard Ahmed, Charles and Brett develop. Her professional meeting with Larissa turns into friendship and a strong sense of trust between the two as they unwittingly test the assumptions of fate, free will and destiny. All the time I felt I knew what was going to happen next, then was quickly sent in another direction.
Well worth reading, I look forward to reading more novels by Lisa Gordon.
Barbara Goldie from the Kindle Book Review

SEX is SO LAST YEAR – THRILLERS are back say the Amazon bestseller charts

Sex is so last year – or at least it is  according to Amazon’s annual list of bestselling books.

A year after the S&M-themed Fifty Shades  Of Grey by EL James licked and screamed it’s way up every best-seller list, book buyers have been seeking  different kinds of thrills.

In 2013 major hits on Amazon.com included The Cuckoo’s  Calling, a crime story JK Rowling wrote under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith and whose sales only soared after it was revealed that JK Rowling was the in fact the author.  John Grisham’s Sycamore Row was well received but perhaps only because of his famous name rather than the quality of the book.

Here are the bestseller lists, but what do readers really think?

TOP TEN ADULT BEST SELLERS 2013

1. Inferno: Dan Brown
2.  And The Mountains Echoed: Khaled Hosseini
3.  The Cuckoo’s Calling: Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)
4.  The Husband’s Secret: Liane Moriarty
5. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead; Sheryl  Sandberg
6. The Hit: David  Baldacci
7. Sycamore Row: John  Grisham
8. Entwined with You: Sylvia  Day
9. Never Go Back: Lee  Child
10. The Storyteller: Jodi  Picoult

Do readers love these books or do they merely buy them due to the hype, the accessibility and the comforting sound of a name you know and once loved or at least heard ad nauseam about?

Clive Miller said, “The villain in Inferno was thoroughly anaemic and yet we were lead to believe he was really diabolical even if he looked like a bit of a wuss in pantaloons and harlequin jacket.”

Tommy Shaw said, “Every Dan Brown plot is the same: choose a famous picturesque Italian or European city and make sure the action man Prof has a punch up at each and every one of the tourist attractions there and escapes by the skin of his teeth thanks to last minute divine intervention, knowledge of the finer points of physics or the fact that he really is Rasputin and David Haye wrapped up in one.”

Emily Smyth said, “I’m sure there are numerous other novels of different titles over the last few  decades with the same formulaic pattern and banal quality of characters that  goes to make the modern ‘thriller’. The only 2013 moderately original ‘thriller’ was  Lauren Beukes, ‘The Shining Girls’.”

Alison Kendal, “You don’t need sex to sell!” or any literary talent judging by Dan Brown’s  efforts. A good publicist is all that is needed these days to become a best  seller.”

CJ in Oxford, “I just never understood the 50 Shades thing. Definitely seems a “frustrated  housewife” thing to me. For goodness’ sake, if you’re that interested, people,  stop reading about it and go have a bit of fun.”

As far as The Cukoo’s Calling goes, Meredith Pinnock said, “This tome was packed with boring, inconsequential trivia that did not help the plot at all, and the different accents, all painstakingly written out, became more than tedious.”

Even die hard Grisham fan’s felt pained by his latest effort, “Sorry, this was so far the Grisham’s poorest effort, and I have ever been his die-hard fan. Dull, boring, dragging for eternity, with a helluva legal and trial hotchpotch and tens of messy characters who grew in numbers with each new page turning… An absolute and inconsistent mess.”

Of course all of these books also received rave reviews, we could put it all down to a matter of taste, but then again we cannot discount the tide of brutal criticism from readers and fans?

Does cream really rise to the top?  A bad egg also floats to the surface you know.

If you are also in the camp that has the morbsville with dull, contrived plots, plastic predictable characters and wishy-washy dialogue give an up and coming Indie Author a try.

DARK SIDE CROSSING by CULE HINDER

Did you ever look in the mirror and wonder where it all went
wrong?

Emerson knows just where it all went wrong and the career he has
carved out as a restorer of Churches is symbolic of his desire to seek
redemption and a path back to the light side.

The author focus on three phases of Emerson’s life. His childhood growing up in a
gritty Northern Town where his love of literature, poetry and the finer things
in life mark him out as rather bourgeoisie for the gangs he finds himself hooked
up with, is poignantly told. Emerson is the type of character in life who tags
along on the periphery and always ends up slap bang in the centre of the fracas.
The author’s tone and use of the vernacular capture the era and the spirit of
boyish youth which will chime with many.

The second ‘lane’ is Emerson in his early adulthood as a student revolutionary with the Baader Meinhof
Group.

The ‘fast lane’ in terms of the thriller aspect of the story kicks off when a thirty something and more mellow Emerson returns to the town he grew up in and meets by chance an old flame of his, Chemey. Cupid seems to have hope
for Emerson and Chemey who make a promising start romance-wise; however a female detective friend of Chemey has immediate suspicions about Emerson and he retreats back to Kent. With his new romance seemingly doomed, Emerson sets about finding out what happened to his first love Diane. Diane seems to have disappeared and when Emerson finds a corpse hidden in the fireplace/cellar of Diane’s childhood home, he fears the worst. Emerson’s investigations into
Diane’s death lead him to discover a bizarre Christian sect with only a handful of elderly members and yet seemingly vast resources. How is this Christian cult linked with Diane’s death? Are they linked to a string more recent of murders in
England? What really happened when several hundred of the cult members ‘ascended’ a decade previously. What does Emerson’s old comrade and now MP know about it and will he tell? Emerson’s investigations lead him full circle: back
to Chemey and back to where it all began in that Lancashire town.

Completing the circle will bring him redemption; but will he live
to enjoy life with a clean conscience?

NEXT OF SIN by LISA GORDON

A string of murders dating back to 1987 and in all that time only one witness
and she doesn’t even know she’s a witness!

Two teenagers fooling about on a  camping holiday; a young woman marries surrounded by her loving family; an
idyllic honeymoon; a salubrious law firm – the image of perfection and yet evil
lurks. A body on a Moroccan Beach; a missing girl in Japan; a corpse floating in
the Mediterranean – what is the link?

The vital clue lies locked in away in a
memory – a memory that now wants to be remembered.

A desire to explain a
recurring nightmare, leads young lawyer Gaby to a horrifying discovery which
throws into question everything she thought she knew about her past, her family
and even herself. She is forced to stray onto the wrong side of the law in world
where the scales of justice are rigged in favour of her eminent and respectable
adversaries. Along with an unlikely set of allies from across the social strata
she digs into her past, knowing that it will change her future forever. Gaby’s
hunt for the truth will cost her everything; it may even cost her her life.

 

SCORPIO RISING by ALAN ANNAND

A criminal profiler investigates the killing of a New York City heiress and
discovers her death is linked to two other murders on the same day: a dot-com
millionaire in San Francisco, and the team leader of a CIA counter-terrorist
project in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

————

Criminal
profiler Axel Crowe investigates the killing of a New York heiress, and
discovers her death is linked to two other murders on the same day: a dot-com
millionaire in San Francisco, and the team leader of a CIA counter-terrorist
project in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

A finder of wayward people and stolen
possessions, the enigmatic Crowe profiles subjects in a distinctly unique manner
– using astrology, palmistry and other unconventional techniques.

Facts
are gross, but the truth is subtle, Crowe’s guru used to say. And although the
truth behind this three-way conspiracy lies buried in the past, Crowe is
relentless until he uncovers it.

————

In the space of
one hour, three strangers die violent deaths. A hit-and-run vehicle kills a
dot-com millionaire jogging in San Francisco. A car bomb obliterates the team
leader of a government counter-terrorism project in Los Alamos, New Mexico. An
assailant ambushes a New York heiress walking home from Broadway and forces her
own pepper spray down her throat.

In all three cases, investigators
reach an immediate impasse. Each victim leaves an estate of millions, but their
beneficiaries all have perfect out-of-town alibis. Theories swirl around the
victims like flies on a corpse – a contract killing for financial gain, a
lover’s quarrel spiraled out of control, a domestic al-Qaeda strike…? The
police are stymied and the FBI is worried.

Axel Crowe, criminal
psychologist, is summoned to New York by the brother of the woman who was
murdered. Crowe is a man with an obscure past but a brilliant reputation.
Occasionally he consults as a profiler for the police. More commonly, he is a
finder of wayward people and stolen possessions. Despite initial stonewalling
from the NYPD, Crowe profiles the killer in his own unique way – using
astrology, palmistry and other unconventional techniques.

His
investigation follows a tangled trail of illicit relationships – from one
suspect to another and, eventually, yet another. Ultimately, he learns that all
three victims were killed in the space of one hour. But is it coincidence or
conspiracy?

Facts are gross, but the truth is subtle, Crowe’s guru used
to tell him. And although the truth lies buried in the past, Crowe is relentless
until he uncovers it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW THRILLERS TO LOOK OUT FOR:

NEXT of SIN

The DREAM which made her life a NIGHTMARE – Brand new, devious and dark thriller

NEXT OF SIN – New Book Release

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A string of murders dating back to 1987 and in all that time only one witness
and she doesn’t even know she’s a witness!

Top Amazon Reviewer Dii called it, “A chilling thriller that will dig deep into your marrow and whittle away at your faith in humanity and justice.”

 “I really enjoyed this suspenseful novel! It reminded me of a Hitchcock thriller,
filled with danger but not depending on blood, guts, and gore like modern
novels.” – Dianne Rapp

The characters are so real you seemed to really connect with them.” Julie’s Book Review

Susannah St Clair of VINE VOICE said, “I sure can’t wait for the next one but Lisa?? This is going to be hard to top!”

Not your usual crime story with a clichéd plot and characters but genuinely
creepy because these are people and situations that you might meet in everyday
life.”  Linda Bahnan, author of Hot Times in Goa.

Winner of the 9th American Gem Literary Festival, Lisa Gordon presents her second thriller, Next of Sin.  A must read if you enjoy a quality psychological thriller written in a peppi contemporary style.

Two teenagers fooling about on a camping holiday; a young woman marries
surrounded by her loving family; an idyllic honeymoon; a salubrious law firm –
the image of perfection and yet evil lurks. A body on a Moroccan Beach; a
missing girl in Japan; a corpse floating in the Mediterranean – what is the
link? The vital clue lies locked in away in a memory – a memory that now wants
to be remembered.
A desire to explain a recurring nightmare, leads young lawyer Gaby to a
horrifying discovery which throws into question everything she thought she knew
about her past, her family and even herself. She is forced to stray onto the
wrong side of the law in world where the scales of justice are rigged in favour
of her eminent and respectable adversaries. Along with an unlikely set of allies
from across the social strata she digs into her past, knowing that it will
change her future forever.
Her quest for truth will cost her everything;
it may even cost her life.

Next of Sin will make you wonder whether anybody you meet can be trusted and the safe answer
is, NO.

Next of Sin is an entertaining must-read with a serious true to life twist and needs to be loaded onto your kindle and packed into your suitcase as a holiday read for Easter or a cosy paperback to curl up with while the Polar Vortex still bites.

Available right now on kindle and paperback via amazon US, UK, and other sites across the world.

THRILL SEEKERS – Bestselling THRILLERS on KINDLE

It’s cold and wet! What you need is a warm mug of coffee and a stimulating, gripping read to rocket you into another world. A world of excitement, white knuckle tension and nerve burning action. Here are some terrific thrillers from amazon.

BR1

“If you don’t pay me £250,000.00 in the next 48 Hours you will die”. The text on Josh Hammond’s BlackBerry was blunt and chilling. Surely it must be a joke, but when Josh is attacked in broad daylight and people around him start to die he knows that his blackmailer is deadly serious. Can Josh raise the money, can his attractive new bodyguard protect him, who is blackmailing him and why? He has 48 hours to find out. The first novel in the acclaimed City of London Thriller series is a hit which will enthral everyone who knows and loves its London settings. Rich in detail and truly evocative it is a real page turner, told in around 100,000 words.”

Positive Reviews

“The imagery in the book is rich and really adds to its texture. The image of rainfall like sugar on strawberries had me from the off. The book is fast paced and moves into the main plot quickly, which helped keep my attention and increased my desire to read farther.”

“I liked the honest human feelings down, the humour and suspense. I would definitely read another book by this author.”

Negative Review

“Whilst, I thought the idea behind the story line for this novel was interesting, I ultimately found the book frustrating. I felt it was far too wordy and although the author took time to describe what his characters were wearing, he failed to portray their individual characters. Throughout the novel, I felt I had little real idea of the character of the protagonist.”

BR2

This riveting suspense thriller explores the special bond between a brother and sister when Richard Baimbridge rushes back to his coastal hometown of Wilmington, NC, to assist with his sister’s recovery after she’s brutally attacked and crippled investigating the rape of a 13-year-old. Coming face to face with his tormented past and a dark family secret, he fights to stay above the flood of childhood trauma and, serving as his sister’s legs, is drawn into the dark underside of this quiet coastal community where he, himself, becomes the primary suspect in the murders of Wilmington’s young girls.

POSITIVE REVIEWS

Although this book started off a little slow, it built the pace and eventually became a keeper. I wouldn’t describe it as unputdownable, but only because there were times when I HAD to put it down and take a breather.”

“An enjoyable story which invokes a variety of
emotions leaves you often in suspense and guarantees as a few surprises along the way.”

NEGATIVE REVIEWS

With a contrived plot, signposted twists, repetitive devices – how many times can one man ruin his clothes and have to throw them away before you need to write in a trip to the shops for new trousers? – and scenes so insultingly unbelievable you’ll snort with derision, this book was overpriced even at 38p.”

“It was riddled with spelling mistakes and rubbish over-dramatized descriptions. I wonder if this book was self-published. Anyway, Bill Brenners, don’t give up the day job is my advice to you.”

I note that while the negative reviews on this book are thoughtful, well put together and informative; the positive reviews are short, vague and repetitive leaving me to believe the negative ones are more accurate.

BR3

Grisham introduces a small-town Virginia lawyer named Malcolm Bannister, who’s dubiously convicted of money laundering for a drug-lord client, and maps out a revenge plot from his federal penitentiary cell that’s twice as elaborate as the one Alexandre Dumas cooked up in The Count of Monte Cristo. Like many a Grisham hero, Mal is a legal insider who knows how to work the system to his advantage. He’s also a peculiarly lone wolf, willing to shed all his family ties in pursuit of a very long and entertaining con.

POSITIVE REVIEWS
“This is by all means a good book, but my expectatons of John Grisham are based on the excellent books he has written in the past, and are therefore much higher.
The story is nice, but not particularly captivating. Grisham’s books typically keep me awake all night reading, Sadly, this one does not fall into that category.
Perhaps, as many people say, the sun has indeed set on this great author. Nothing he has written in the last few years compares to his first few books.
My one word summary would be “disappointing”. If the authors name for this book had been John Doe, I would definitely not look for any of his other books to buy.”

“The Racketeer is the first of his books that I have tried for several years and you know what – it was a good read.

The story was enticing and credible, the characters well drawn and interesting and the plot drew me in and I read the entire book , if not breathless, but certainly well engaged, over a couple of days.”

NEGATIVE REVIEWS

The “big twist” was completely spottable very early on – so reading this was more about guessing how it gets revealed rather than what happens. As usual, Grisham is let down by his inability to write characters well – I’ve no idea whether I like the main guy or not (I feel rather “meh” about him) and the love interest lady was very poorly sketched out – although I’m left with the impression that Mr Grisham is a fan of large boobs and long legs, because that’s all he really said about her. I did get the feeling that The Shawshank Redemption was more than a little influential – I think the idea was “innocent man breaks the law to get justice”, just not as well done. Having said all that, I quite enjoyed it – but I doubt I’ll remember a thing about it a year from now.”

“This had the potential to be a very interesting story but it is let down by the absence of characters that we care about and by the padding that stretches it out significantly longer than the storyline warrants. There is a low level of suspense throughout, but not enough to maintain your interest.”

ASF<

A chain of tragic deaths across Dubai spanning two decades, only Valda knows they were not accidents, but murders. Her name is next on that list…..

Spunky singer Valda ditches her old life in Cape Town for a new start in glittering Dubai. Armed with just her cigarettes and some attitude she sets about reigniting her career and putting to bed the heartache over her former boyfriend Richard.
Valda does indeed find success and to her astonishment love, but all is threatened when she is introduced to a billionaire Sheikh. Her clandestine liaison with the Sheikh, propels her into a murky web of deceit and when newspaper clippings of seemingly accidental deaths across Dubai are posted anonymously to her it is clear she is rushing headlong into the same fate.

No one dare cross the Sheikh and she can hardly hardly turn to the law, so with few options open she confides in Larissa.
As an astrologer, Larissa predicts that Valda and the Sheikh's destinies were sealed from the moment of their first meeting; however she keeps the dire fate that she reads in the charts a secret.
Together, Valda and Larissa take a gamble in a game of cosmic Russian Roulette where the stakes are their lives and their adversary, Fate itself.

POSITIVE REVIEWS

“A riveting read. Cleverly written this modern suspense thriller charts the story of Valda and is set in the exotic but dangerous locations of Cape Town and Dubai. Containing destiny, fate, karma, intrigue and passion it is an edge of the seat read. Its emotional impact is chilling and often quite scary and its tight description and dialogue create real tension. That said it is an easy read and has an easy plot that suddenly shakes you with its swift turns. The journeys between Cape Town and Dubai are very tense and often chilling. The atmosphere and culture of Cape Town and Dubai come alive on the page and Gordon cleverly weaves all this into easy dialogue and vivid descriptions. Once the reader is comfortable with the story along comes another sudden twist. The storytelling is compelling and moves at a fast pace making the book difficult to put down.”

“But the best thing about this book is the characters. The author understands so well how people hang together, how one thing in life relates to another, and how we tend to act in line with our personalities, no matter how perverse this may occasionally be! A real warmth shines through the writing… this author really cares about these characters and I really fell in love with the two main ones! I had a bit of a crush on the love interest too!”

NEGATIVE REVIEWS

I thought the story was slow to start but it revved up at around page 40 and I was glad I stuck with it. The pace then gradually increased to a frenetic speed towards the end. The second half of the book was gripping and intriguing. However, the conclusion was abrupt. I was left wanting more and would have liked to see the story and charaters develop further.”

“It started out good but I did not like how the ending was so quick
There could have been further story line.”