Anne Brooke was once voted Woman Most Likely to Become a Serial Killer at one of her many jobs, but the next month came second in the Top Banana Award, so feels there's no accounting for taste. Instead of causing havoc amongst the hard-pressed Police Force, she decided to become a writer, and now scribbles away in a variety of genres, including gay romance, fantasy, comedy, thrillers, biblical fiction and the occasional chicklit novel.
When the wind's in the right direction, she has even won a writing prize or two, and has been shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Novel Award, the Royal Literary Fund Awards and the Asham Award for Women Writers. She has also twice been the winner of the national DSJT Charitable Trust Open Poetry Competition.
She's never met a chocolate she doesn't like (with the possible exception of Ferrero Rocher), and once took a dawn balloon flight over The Nile, much against her better judgement. She spent most of the time screaming.
An Essex Girl at heart, Anne now lives in Surrey with her long-suffering husband and spends a lot of time in the garden attempting to differentiate between flowers and weeds. Her websites can be found at: www.annebrooke.com, www.gayreads.co.uk, www.biblicalfiction.co.uk and www.gathandria.com (for fantasy fiction).
Meet Jamie. Jamie works from home in the small town and takes care of his sick father. Jamie has a hit list of people he would like to kill, of course only as a way to release stress, or is it?
Jamie is straight, really really straight, so straight that he has his eyes set on the vicar's daughter and then his father's physiotherapist. Jamie is straight when family friend whom he did not see for six years comes back. Is Jamie really straight?
Despite the existence of the infamous hit list (and it changes all the time), this is probably the lightest novel I have read so far by Anne Brooke and I loved it.
Jamie really does undergo a journey of self discovery throughout the book and the writer leads him through this journey with subtle humor and sympathy.
His problems are very relatable, I really liked this character and was very pleased with how this book ended.
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Title: The Hit List Author: Anne Brooke Published: Amber Quill Press Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 4 Review:
"The Hit List" by Anne Brooke good contemporary read. You will find that this novel of the main character is trying to 'understand his sexual identity and also dealing with family crisis.' "The Hit List is a fast pace even though it is rather long. We find Jamie Chadwick is living a home taking care of his 'ill father' and also working from home. Things come to head when Jamie's friend from college announces he is gay. What all will come of this? Even though by the end of the book Jamie still hasn't told his ill father about his issues. Has Jamie really come 'out? And then we have David changing his mind about being gay. Wow, this was some read of change or was it? As I kept reading I saw that Jamie lacked 'social skills, not particularly handsome, desperately wanted to marry someone...then he writes 'The Hit List' which was people he wanted to kill. Now, why was this? I really didn't see "The Hit List" as a true romance. I felt like this was more of the 'comedy of life.' Now what does this mean? I got this from a quote: "The choices people make (or don’t make), the consequences thereof, and the inherent complications and confusions that come of relationships." To me that says it all. To get your thoughts you must pick up this read and see for yourself. It may start out somewhat slow but keep reading and you will see which way this author is leading the reader.
The characters were all pretty well drawn like Jamie, his father, David, Robert, the vicar and his daughter, the village fete, to the nosy landlord, but all in all I found most of these characters were a very interesting group of people.Read more ›
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