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  • Don't Waste Your Money

    This amateurish effort by Stephen Edger is reason enough for me NOT to purchase the second book in the Kate Mathews series. The writing level is that of a struggling, English literary high school student, with disjointed, unrealistic speech patterns that haven't been heard for fifty years or more. Although we do have the randomly inserted "F" bomb pop up occasionally, for some bizarre reason. Failed verbal verisimilitude perhaps? None of the characters ever uses contractions when speaking; obviously a lack of apostrophes in Edger's lexicon? All character dialogues are so stilted that much of their phraseology had me laughing out loud. And the female protagonist? Oh dear: Insecure and/or in a panic, constantly confused and/or fearful, passive aggressive, capricious, an ineffective people person, and repeatedly and weirdly hugging strangers (even a tradesman she'd met only minutes prior at her door!) as a "thank you", or bursting into tears at every little trauma, even as a senior police officer. Kate's bizarre treatment of her young daughter Chloe during the father's absence was truly reprehensible, and something no caring mother would put her child through. Kate was constantly running out on Chloe, and shoving her off to assorted relatives, acquaintances and an aggressive, unsympathetic child minder. This despite her tedious and oft-stated wishes to better nurture the child, and form a stronger relationship with her. Finally, there is no way I could recommend this book to any avid crime/mystery reader. A doubtful 1/5.

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  • Cracking start to a new series!

    All work and no play makes Kate a dull girl.” Having read a couple of Stephen Edger’s Johnson Carmichael books, I was rather excited to see what he had to offer with a more police procedural novel. And to be frank, I was not disappointed!! There are so many adjectives I could use to describe this dark and rather gruesome novel. Parts of it I really shouldn’t have read whilst dealing with poorly children – I love my food but the sections I read made my stomach turn so mixed with events at home, I was off food longer than normal….. I felt our leading lady, Kate had an air of aloofness about her. I was intrigued to find out whether this was a case of nurture (the events that caused her to leave London) or its part of her natural demeanour. Oh and the events in London….I want to know more!!!!! I implore you Mr Edger to let me find out whether that will be solved in Book 2!!! There is definitely a different feel to Dead to Me compared to my previous experience of the author’s writing. This is not a bad thing; Stephen Edger is showing his storytelling is stretching into a darker, more twisted place and I like it…. He certainly kept me guessing right to the end and beyond #nospoiler

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  • Ordinary at best

    Very ordinary. Even allowing for poetic licence it is impossible to believe the lead character could even have been a constable let alone a detective. I understand formula writing but this book falls well short of the mark. The main character allows herself to be bullied by other (female) detectives and displays zero logic and deduction abilities. To be fair I only read 40% off the book before I could take no more, so it may improve. The author has since gone on to publish other books so I can only assume they are of a much higher standard

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  • Fantastic

    This book had me hooked right from the begining, which I have never been able to say about a book before. Excellent thriller with a great twist. Really kept me guessing.

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  • Good read

    Enjoyed this book. Kept me interested and wanting to read more pages every time.

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