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Marina in a Green Dress [Kindle Edition]

Alan Davidson
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Jessica's obsessed with the vibrant storyline of the stage musical MARINA, even though it ends in a beautiful death. It seems so much more satisfactory than real life, especially hers. When Kennedy Orr, star of the hit show, suprisingly decides he wants to meet her, she doesn't care to wonder why nor to listen to her boy friend's warnings of danger. Because it seems to Jessica that, in his own fantastical way, Kennedy Orr only wants to open her eyes to life's possibilities.
Unfortunately it turns out to be a lot more complicated than that....

ALAN DAVIDSON is the author of the classic suspense novel THE BEWITCHING OF ALISON ALLBRIGHT and many other titles.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 314 KB
  • Print Length: 137 pages
  • Publisher: Straw Hat (May 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00852PZUA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,204,982 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! June 29, 2012
By Jasper
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This was a great read! Jessica's infatuation with a star actor, Kennedy Orr, is obsessive, and when she finally meets him in real life and they start to go out together, she is blissfully happy. For a while everything is wonderful, but soon it becomes apparent that Kennedy has a hidden agenda, and their relationship takes a sinister turn. Jessica starts to question whether Kennedy is what he seems and what his real intentions are. The plot wasn't remotely predictable - it's cleverly written and really keeps you guessing till the end - really hard to put down!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars KDH Reviews January 30, 2013
You can read this and other reviews on my website, KDH Reviews.

What a weird little book! It was unusual and romantic and slightly creepy. It was hard to put down. I don't think I've ever read anything similar.

Alan Davidson is a fantastic writer. He developed a complex and fascinating story in Marina in a Green Dress. The little book blurb doesn't do the book justice at all.

My only complaint is that the book started out a little slow. Once it picked up speed, though, it went full steam ahead.

*** This book was provided for free in exchange for an honest review. ***
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing plot. July 26, 2012
Jessica Tye is new to London. Her parents don't believe in her going to University and since she has to support herself and get a job, she decides to go to London to do it. She gets a crappy job, a crappy room in a boarding room and a so-so boyfriend. She becomes fascinated with a West End stage musical called MARINA and she's even more fascinated with the lead Kennedy Orr. She writes a long letter to him that she has no intention of posting, but her boyfriend gets miffed and posts it to teach her a lesson. When Kennedy Orr shows up her life takes an exciting turn. But is it a good turn or a bad one?

An enjoyable well-written read with interesting characters and an intriguing plot. I didn't know what to think about Kennedy Orr and his sudden interest in a rural girl recently moved to the big city. It had sinister undertones and Jessica seemed to be under his spell. I liked the build up and the conclusion. I'd be interested in reading more by Alan Davidson.

*The publisher provided a copy of this book to me for review. Please see disclaimer page on my blog.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting little Mystery Novel. October 30, 2012
By Sarah
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17-year-old Jessica is living in London, working a job that she hates, has a boyfriend who can't spend an hour away from his beloved TV, and is desperately trying to do A-levels through evening classes, even though her parents forced her to finish school after her GCSE's.
London is not fun for Jessica, the only thing she really loves is a musical - `Marina', and just once she decides to open up about her feelings to Kennedy Orr - the male lead in `Marina'.
Jessica never intends for Kennedy to read her letter, but her boyfriend calls her bluff and posts it anyway, and nobody is more surprised than Jessica when Kennedy actually turns up at the meeting she requested.
Things become even stranger though when Kennedy keeps calling Jessica, and even asks her to move into a house that he owns for minimal rent.
What does Kennedy want? Why is he helping Jessica for no obvious reason? Why do his actions strangely mirror those in the musical `Marina'? And what happened to the girl who lived in Jessica's house before her?

This was an interesting little mystery novel, with plenty of intrigue as to what was really going on, and whether or not Kennedy posed a threat to Jessica.
Jessica was quite a trusting, naïve girl, who never even considered for a moment that this strange situation which followed the story of the musical might end the same way as the musical - with the heroines death, and blithely went along with Kennedys plans. She even ignored her boyfriend when he brought up how strange the whole thing was, and very quickly got over her own nervousness around Kennedy.
There wasn't a whole lot of music or romance in this book, it was mainly concerned with the mystery aspect, and the journey that Jessica went on with Kennedy.
Overall; an interesting little mystery novel.
6 out of 10.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entrancingly mysterious November 18, 2012
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The storyline has been sufficiently outlined by other reviewers. Suffice it to say that the author does an excellent job of engaging the reader and creating a did-he or didn't-he kind of drama regarding a star-struck young girl who longs for a wisp of glamor to remove her from a somewhat drab existence.

There are multi levels of a play-within-a-play as Jessica seeks to find meaning in her life and enacts a fantasy that has captivated her. Not understanding the educational levels in the British system, i was surprised to learn from another reviewer that she was (only) seventeen years old. An extra star for a typo-free text!
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