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Sugar & Spice (US edition) Kindle Edition

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Product Details

  • File Size: 619 KB
  • Print Length: 534 pages
  • Publisher: Mark Williams International Digital Publishing (MWiDP) (April 9, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 9, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004W0IJCU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #793,493 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

In December 2010, Saffina Desforges uploaded a book to Amazon that agents and publishers 'loved, but daren't touch'. Some hailed it as 'the last taboo'.

It went on to be the first EVER indie-published book to reach No.2 on the UK Amazon Top 100.

It was the 11th bestselling ebook of 2011 in the UK.

Since then, over HALF A MILLION readers have downloaded it.

Originally translated and published in France (as PARAPHILIA), it went on to sell over 40,000 copies. It has now been re-published as LOUP Y ES-TU?

Recently translated and published in China, 'Sugar & Spice' shot to #1 on Amazon.cn within two weeks of being released.

It has also been: an International iTunes Breakout Book, Amazon #1 (in Police, Thrillers & Hard-Boiled UK), a Waterstones online #1 Thriller and a 'Red Adept' mystery prize winner 2011.

Why not judge for yourself?

Other titles:

Crime

*Sugar & Spice
*Snow White
*Rapunzel
*Ring-a-ring O'Roses
*The Night before Christmas
*Rose Red crime thriller box-set

Young Adult

*St Mallory's Forever! (YA murder mystery)
*Anca's Story (YA Historical Fiction)
*Saffi does Sherlock (YA Sherlock Holmes series)
*Indigo Kids - (writing as Stevie Jordan) - YA Fantasy/paranormal series.


Coming soon...

*London's Burning (Rose Red Rhyme short story)
*Beauty & the Beast (Book 3 of the Rose Red Crime thriller series)
*First Blood (Book One - Dark Adult Fantasy trilogy)

Contact: saffinadesforges@rocketmail.com

Represented by Broo Doherty @ DHH Literary Agency, London.













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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jenn on June 28, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is a wonderfully written page turner. The subject of this book may be taboo for a lot of people but I found it to be very suspenseful and one of those books where you have to know what is going to happen next. I think this book has everything a good mystery should have, great detectives, great media people, and a mother wanting to find the worst kind of murderer.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By LoLo on June 12, 2012
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I'm unsure why they felt the need to make an "American" edition. I'm pretty sure the book would be far better in it's original state.

It's not only disconcerting, it's totally distracting to read a story supposedly set in New York, with supposedly American characters, and find it filled with English terms for a multitude of objects and to hear these American characters say things like, "Gobsmacked," and "she was found in the boot of the automobile."

It seems like a small thing but it takes the reader away from and out of the story each time it happens.

Making an "American" edition entails far more than changing the location and nothing else. If the author or publisher wanted to Americanize the story to appeal to a broader audience they should have gone through it and changed every "English" term to it's corresponding "American" term.

Barristers should have become lawyers, boots should have become trunks, "gobsmack" should have become "blown-away," and so on and so forth.

I'd not recommend it in it's "American" edition. There's no reason to think that Americans couldn't or wouldn't read a novel set in England or Ireland or anywhere else in the world and be perfectly comfortable adapting to the setting.

Ask Agatha Christie.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. Johnston on December 28, 2011
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This probably isn't my preferred genre but this year I have read a few of the genres "big hitters". Patterson and McDermid left me wanting... But Sugar & Spice did EVERYTHING a novel should do. It takes an incredibly difficult issue, paedophilia, and explores it from numerous angles. BUT, what the novel does so well is that no particular theory is put forward as the "truth". The novel does what Austen does - stimulates multifarious debate.

Bravely written and well worth a read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cristopher M. Derose on June 12, 2012
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Yes, the unthinkable is explored here, and granted how do you explore the topic of child porn/rape/pedopholia in a "good" way? However, the writing is at best amateur. I understand this is a self-published book, and it looks like it. There is nothing wrong with self-publishing in the ever-expanding possibilities the electronic age allows, but it has allowed a ton of dreck as people who confuse a love of reading with having a passion (or ability) for writing. This book isn't THAT bad, but I'm glad it was free, because it wasn't that GOOD, either.

There are attempts to make this story occur in America, yet English slang and mechanical terms are all over the place, both in the narrative as well as the dialogue. The characters are... unrealistic, at best. The It's almost like reading a Z-Grade script for a Made For Lifetime Movie (Which I've done in a professional capacity.) While I don't doubt that some of these characters do behave as real-life people might do, this book casts both good and bad guys as charicatures with asinine thought processes. There is such an aggressively amateurish approach as social workers bet over who can make little girls crack, treat them like crap, and further the point that the system (whether English or American -- it depends on which paragraph you're reading) is rife with people just as bad as the person they're pursuing. It's as it every tooth in the legal cogs is beyond corrupt and all but knowingly nudge each other over their dastardly deeds.

Yes, I finished it. But that doesn't make it a well-written story, let alone a compelling one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Schiariti on September 15, 2012
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There were a few things early on that had me thinking that I would end up rating this one much lower than I eventually did. I'm not one to put a book down before I'm finished reading it, no matter how much I find myself disliking it and I'm glad I didn't with this one.

This is a very disturbing book. While I wasn't shocked by it or the subject matter, I understand why it's considered controversial. It deals heavily (almost exclusively) with child molesters, pedophiles and the murder of small children. It's not for the feint of heart and I could easily understand why some wouldn't find the darker subject matter appealing. There is also the humanizing of pedophiles (characters in the book mind you) which I'm sure would put some people off immediately.

Clair's daughter disappears one day on the way to school and isn't found until two boys find her body floating in a nearby lake. When Clair and her crime reporter boyfriend Matt try to get answers they'll find that it's not a one off. They find out that they're dealing with a serial killer of the worst kind. One that kills little girls. As Claire tries to find answers and, in the process, solace to ease the mourning of her loss, she'll come into contact with a registered sex offender, a 14 year old truant computer hacking boy, a 19 year old profiling wiz kid in college and a learned psychotherapist from a well reputed clinic that specializes in treating pedophiles.

While I found it to be well written, there are problems, however. As it turns out, the location changed from England to the United States (the greater New York area to be exact) which in and of itself is fine. However, only the locale changed, not the vernacular. There are plenty of British turns of phrase to be had. "Gobsmacked...
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