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Nigel Lampard was a Lieutenant-Colonel in the British Army when he retired from active service in 1999. Trained as an ammunition and explosives expert, he travelled all over the world and was appointed an Order of the British Empire for services to his country. As a second career, and with a post-graduate diploma in Organisational Psychology, he helped British Forces personnel transition to civilian life. During a tour in Berlin in the early 1980s he fell in love with the city, its people and its isolation. When he left the city in late 1983 he needed to continue the affair and the only way he could do this was to write about it, so he began writing his first novel. He then fell in love with writing and to date Nigel has written a further thirteen novels. The novels available on Amazon so far have not been published in the order in which they were written.
Along with many of the other reviewers, I was immediately pulled into Adam's (and Gabrielle's) story. I rarely (almost never) write reviews, but after my first evening of reading would have anticipated giving this book 4-5 star. I enjoyed the characters and found the read very enjoyable ... until the end. I was absolutely stunned to come upon the words "The End" and honestly scrolled to the next page to see if they were there in error. I cannot imagine why an author would choose to end the story quite literally in the middle of a scene that had not played out. Too many things had been introduced (sometimes more than once - like Anne at The Oaks) and never revisited, and you're left completely unsettled as to where the story is heading next, only with this twist you never get to find out. It was extremely frustrating! For this reason alone I would not select another book by this author.
First, this was an excellent story that I've finished within hours. I couldn't put the story down (except once to sleep) as I wanted to know what was going to happen next and if I was correct about my deductions.
The story opened with the main character, Adam Harrison returning home only to find that his wife and two children had been killed. From there, he drove to a place where he had contemplated bringing his family and that is where he planned to kill himself because he felt there was nothing left in the world for him. It is that place where Adam found a reason to continue living and began his journey to look for answers of his family's death and for his own peace.
After the opening, I was intrigued that the story did not become a generic mystery where the grieved husband pieced together clues to look for his famiy's killer. In fact, I believe Adam even said that he didn't really care about who did it. Even though the story does eventually become a mystery where Adam will find who was the killer and the person's motives, Adam's journey is largely about reflecting on his own life and his relationship with his wife Lucinda. Through Adam's account, I learned that while they had their problems (he was adopted into Lucinda's family), the love between them was like something found in a fairy tale, pure and innocent. However, everything was not what it appeared to be. As I continued the story, I learned about relevations and secrets about the characters that turned the story upside down. I spent most of my time trying to find out which characters were telling the truth and which ones were hiding things.Read more ›
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I chose this book because I was very interested in the description. I was sucked into Adam Harrison's life and the journey he went on to find the truth. There were a few things that I didn't particularly like but nevertheless I continued reading. I never really review books but I thought this book warranted a review. Do not waste your time reading this book! I was almost disgusted with the way the author ended the book. I understand every author has their right to write a book how they want but we are the the ones who buy, read, and love the stories. I felt such disrespect when I got to the end of the story, let me re phrase because there was no end, it was more the end of a chapter but with a big "The End." I was and am devastated by the way the author butchered the story. How hard would it have been for him to write one more chapter and actually finish what he started? How can I ever read a book by him again? For those of you who cherish their books like I do, don't suffer the heartache the "end" of this story will give you.
I think that, instead of typing up the loose ends, this story just fell off a cliff. I looked all over Amazon and didn't find any mention of a sequel. Why set us up with such interesting characters in such a spellbinding plot, only to leave us wanting to know how it ends? Will we get to follow up with Adam and Gabrielle? There isn't any closure at all and I am quite irked.
This was indeed a page turner for me. The characters were interesting enough and the plot kept me riveted. I felt that the end came rather quickly. I would have liked to see the antagonist receive what he dished out. In any case, I did enjoy the book.
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This is the 4th novel by Nigel Lampard which I have read and if you are getting withdrawal symptoms from no more Stieg Larsson, then this is for you.
Nigel Lampard is adept at conveying pure evil through his brilliant characterisation, themes of love v hate and the depths people can plummet to in their quest to uphold extreme ideals. He also has this ability to lure his reader into a false sense of thinking we have solved the mystery, which results in a storyline full of surprises.
I was immediately hooked by the mystery of the murders and the unusual inclusion of the love theme between adopted brother and sister.
From the discovery of his murdered family, Adam the principal character, takes his reader on a personal journey to initially escape his grief. Nigel lampard, makes us realise that the people we meet along the way can steer our life and in Adam's case, plunge him into a pendulum of love v evil.
My only criticism and this is " tongue in cheek" is could the females not always be so drop dead gorgeous and the males a little less flawless.
If you enjoy psychological thrillers with an infusion of romance - download now as this is also for you. The ending must surely indicate a sequel Mr Lampard?
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