As I promised in the previous post, I’ve turned my beady eye to current bestsellers and read through some of the Amazon bestselling rankings reviews. These are some of the words the readers and critics used about them:
The Thread – Victoria Hislop
Twin timeline, discovery, history, fast narrative, sense of pace, fresh, intrepid storytelling, layers, interconnection, drama, page turning quality, well researched, evocative, something to lose yourself in
Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
Charismatic, credible, compelling characters, heartfelt, poignant, makes me laugh, perceptive, well-drawn, powerful, heartfelt, thought provoking, emotional punch, moral dilemma, life and death decision, entertaining
Before I Go To Sleep – S J Watson
Bewildering internal world, chilling intimacy, betrayal, mystery all the way, unravel, tension, discovery, shocking
The Kashmir Shawl – Rosie Thomas
Quest, missing baby, two timelines, physical jeopardy, women’s friendship, honest, compassionate, family secrets, love, warmth, clarity, touching, believable
The Blood Banker – David Prever
Gripping, vivid storytelling, action sequences keep you reading, plot races along, cracking good read, well-researched, page turner, filmic, believable characters, danger, suspense, background info well led in, authentic
The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller
Timeless language, historical details perfect, captivating, enthralled, ravishingly vivid, convincing, original, clever, in a class of its own, incredibly compelling, seductive fresh take, extraordinary, beautifully descriptive, heart-achingly lyrical, love story, sensitive, intuitive, sexy. dangerous, mystical
and a personal favourite:
Fatherland – Robert Harris
Highest form of thriller, non-stop excitement, clever, ingenious, convincing, chilling, suspense, gripping, tightly constructed, utter surprise, fast-paced
Irrespective of genre, style or tone, several things emerge:
a big dilemma
and a surprise element, time or setting that’s just a bit different.
Or is there something else?
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