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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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I am a recent, but huge fan of Ms. Brooke. The last book of hers I read was "Maloney's Law" and it blew me away! She is an awesomely talented writer and I've got "A Dangerous Man" queued up as my next read.
However, I wish I could be as enthusiastic about this book, "The Hit List". Somehow, I get the impression that Ms. Brooke moved out of her comfort zone on this one, and, in my opinion, she didn't fare well.
This is a book about coming out (or not coming out) that takes place in rural England outside of Colchester. The protagonist, Jamie Chadwick, is a young man who's gone home to look after his ailing dad who, it appears, hates his son's guts, even to the point of declaring that he wishes Jamie's older brother, Mark, were there, so that things could be happy again, the way they were before Jamie was born. Personally, this nasty old fart would be at the top of my hit list, too.
And then there is Robert, the gorgeous, successful businessman who shared a past with both Jamie and his brother (he was Mark's boss in a Web development company), now living in Japan and gone lo these last six years.
Much of the book is about Jamie's problems with his thankless dad, the gossips that seem to populate all of his little village, and the two girlfriends he's not very good at juggling. One, Carina, is the young Vicar's daughter, the other, Lucy, is the too-hot-for-words physiotherapist who comes, several times a week, to care for Jamie's father.
And then things get murky. His old friend, David, shows up, dressed like a queen and declaring that he's now totally gay. So what does Jamie do? Snub him and tell him off, of course.
Which brings me to my problem with the book.Read more ›
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Anne Brooke lives in Surrey, UK. She is a multi-published author in a variety of genres, including gay erotic romance, fantasy, comedy, thrillers, biblical fiction and the occasional chicklit novel. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Prize (for novels set in London) and the Royal Literary Fund Scheme.
When not writing, she spends time in the garden attempting to differentiate between flowers and weeds. Occasionally, she can also be found in the kitchen making cakes. Every now and again, they are edible.
Her websites can be found at: www.annebrooke.com, www.gayreads.co.uk, www.biblicalfiction.co.uk and www.gathandria.com (for fantasy fiction).
She has a Facebook fan page here: http://www.facebook.com/annebrookebooks
She is also on Twitter: http://twitter.com/AnneBrookeBooks
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