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The Naked Room [Kindle Edition]

Diana Hockley
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Book Description

When classical pianist Ally Carpenter goes missing during a night out with friends, the implications stretch far beyond her disappearance. Veteran detective, Senior Sergeant Susan Prescott, believes that sexual predators may have abducted Ally. However, after two women with connections to the Carpenters are murdered, she realises there may be more to the crime than at first thought.
While Prescott puts all her efforts into solving the crime, those close to Ally battle their own turmoil. Friendships become strained and secrets come to light as Ally's terrified mother, Eloise, is forced to confront the lie she has perpetuated for 26 years. Cellist, Briece Mochrie―determined to discover what has happened to the girl he loves―is swept into a dangerous undertow of murder and revenge. The kidnappers have their own agenda; Ally's life is on the line.

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  • File Size: 1910 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0977587061
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Z1U4MY
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredibly exciting book July 28, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
With the abduction of Ally Carpenter, a talented young Australian pianist by a gang of ruthless sociopaths, the lives of everyone associated with her--mother, friends, Ally's would be lover, and a secret father, will change forever.

No one could be more shocked than Ally, since she can't imagine why anyone would kidnap her for ransom. No one in her family has money, and certainly not any of her friends. But when the kidnapper tells her that she'll be released when she's paid for by a father she's never met, she realizes that her life has been a lie. Granted, a kindly one meant by a loving mother, but a lie all the same. And when Ally's mother and father finally meet again after twenty-six years of misunderstood separation, will they be able to work through their own personal heartbreaking past in time to save Ally?

Told from the perspectives of the people most affected by this crime, we quickly see that this kidnapping will compound everyone's lives, and before it's all over, choices made by two of the characters will mean that their secrets will cost them everything.

The characters are original and well-developed, the story gripping in its power to convince me of the danger to Ally's life. Lastly, I was convinced without a doubt, that the terrible secrets and painful truths these strong, stubborn women held were what was needed to eventually release Ally from her kidnappers. I'm pleased to say that the author didn't disappoint--right up to the exciting and very satisfying conclusion.

I highly recommend this book and I, for one, look forward to reading the the authors' next book, The Celibate Mouse, featuring Detective Sergeant Susan Prescott.

RP Dahlke, Kindle mystery author
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An edge-of-your seat suspense novel... October 9, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Diana Hockley is undeniably a unique voice in her field, and I mean that in only the most complimentary of ways. At sports events, we always seek out the best seat but in "The Naked Room" Diana manages to provide us with half a dozen best seats...all as experienced through the first person eyes of major characters.

A well-known and up-an-coming pianist in Australia's classical music scene, Ally Carpenter's fame ratchets upward a thousand-fold when she suddenly disappears. Being a woman who seldom misses practice and never misses events, her having taken a willing break seems unlikely. It isn't long before family, friends, and the media begin to suspect a kidnapping or worse. As Detective Susan Prescott races against time to find the young musician, the love affairs and strained friendships swirling around the music scene are as pervasive to the case as the Carpenter family secrets that begin to leak out like blood.

To say this is an intricately crafted plot would be an understatement, but somehow the author has made her complex weaving easy to understand and fast moving. Within a few chapters, I was swept into the urgency of the Ally's case and found myself reading for longer and longer periods of time...because I just had to know....

Pick up this book, brace yourself and enjoy a gut-wrenching journey.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable suspense May 22, 2012
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I will not repeat praises others have already pointed out.

I enjoyed this thriller because, as a personal preference:

1- the author gradually gives us vital elements of the whole scenario throughout the novel (a red herring here and there, but it's all in good sport). Some authors are very good at holding it all back until the end, but IMHO, too many authors do this poorly and only frustrate and insultingly tantalize the reader. Ms. Hockley takes us along through her story and rewards us at a sustained level. The payoff comes gradually and not in the final chapter. Though unfamiliar with the process, I enjoyed this.

2- Chapters are told in the first person from the perspective of several characters. Again, an unusual choice, but she makes it work. We care and understand each point of view.

3- The end. Ms. Hockley takes great care to tie loose ends and bring closure to the filigrains of her story. Maybe even a little too much so, but I can't find a reason why she wouldn't. Only one thing irks me as to how everything wraps up, but I can't mention it without revealing a spoiler; or maybe it was quickly explained during a lapse of memory or concentration.

4- Secondary things: some sexually explicit scenes... above what would bother most, but still worth a mention. One little thing, though: there's an attempted rape, a short while later the author writes something to the effect of: "when he tried to have sex with her" Um no! he didn't try to have sex with her, he tried to rape her. Two different things. Though perhaps there's no distinction in Australian English. So no points off here.

5- Finally, but not the author's fault: publishers aren't taking Kindle readers very seriously. Unfortunately this electronic edition, like many others, has several omitted words that occasionally break the momentum of reading.

Despite my final trivial gripes, I do recommend this read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this one! April 3, 2013
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Australian writer Diana Hockley is an amazing storyteller. Her characters come to life on the page and make you care about what happens to them. Others have already given a synopsis, so I won't go there, but I will say THE NAKED ROOM is an original, thriller, a page turner that will make you sad when the last page is read, because it's over. Please don't pass this one by, Hockley ranks up there with the very best. Read THE NAKED ROOM, you won't be sorry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thoroughly enjoyed this book! Looking forward to reading the next two in the series.
Published 28 days ago by Ratluver
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 3 months ago by WANDAE.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, original and engrossing!!!
When I read Diana Hockley's short stories or novelettes, "The Metamorphosis of Troubador Merriwether" and "Christmas with Snoz," I was delighted by her story... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Louis Eagle Warrior
5.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing plot and very well written
This is a novel obviously written with care and a sharp eye for the craft, and the result is a captivating and great read. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dave Salle
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic
It only took a few pages to find myself completely absorbed in the story, the characters and the mystery. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Table4two
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy of an Agatha Christie
The Naked Room is written by Diana Hockley. I read her short story “The Metamorphosis of Troubadour Merriwether” and was so intrigued by her writing, than I was eager to try The... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Wendy Cartmell
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be better.
It was quite well written, however I had some problems with the plot plausibility. Maybe a little bit too long? Read more
Published 19 months ago by Yezory
5.0 out of 5 stars second in the serie
I am hoping there will be more from this author about Susan Prescott. Prescott continues her life at the farm house with pets, daughters and murder/kidnapping etc. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Nath Drouin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read From Down Under
I really enjoyed this book! The author's change of POV from chapter to chapter was a clever way of keeping the reader involved as the plot unfolded. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Neal G From Haverford
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
This started out to be a light hearted read but turned into a very good mystery. Hard to put down.
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Link to My Books on Amazon:

My latest novel featuring Susan Prescott from The Naked Room (she's now a Detective Inspector) AFTER ARIEL, was published on the 10th November in e-book and the paperback version is available also. This book also has Pamela Miller from The Naked Room and two other characters from The Celibate Mouse!

My first novel: THE NAKED ROOM :

I was presenting an episode of my weekly classical music program and the thought surfaced: what would happen if the main performer didn't turn up for the concert? Artists of any genre will perform on their deathbeds, so why would Ally Carpenter (the name popped into my mind without conscious thought) go missing?

Second in the Detective Senior Sergeant Susan Prescott series:

I needed to find out what happened to some of them, so before I finished N/Room, I began THE CELIBATE MOUSE. I had to get Susan into the country, so it became necessary to work out why a city cop would voluntarily move there for an extended time.

In 2008, Andrew and I, who are members of the Working Sheepdogs Association, went to Tasmania to see the finals of the Tasman Cup in Launceston.I was watching a trial finish. The human competitor was standing exposed to the elements at the last pen, just about to close it on the three sheep, with the dog poised to prevent breakouts. A breathless moment indeed. A scenario popped into my slimy little mind.'You could pick him off with a rifle quite easily.' Hence the opening line in Celibate Mouse: 'There is no mistaking the crack of a high powered rifle.'

Why? Well, you will have to buy it to answer that question!

SHORT STORIES: All available on Amazon e-books for 0.99c or whatever the exchange rate is.
The Cloud:
Christmas with Snoz:
The Metamorphosis of Troubadour Merriwether:
An Honourable Man:
Frisbee, Rat Detective:
and the latest:
Requiem for a Lost Youth:

Apart from beta reading, writing, editing and reviewing for KRL free online mag in California, I do volunteer work in our community, which includes producing and as I have mentioned, present a weekly classical radio program, Thursday Night Concert, streamed on the net. If you want to hear it you will have to work out your time difference. My program is on Brisbane, Queensland Australian time: Thursday. 7-9pm, RIMFM 101.1

I am passionate supporter of the RSPCA, Animals Rahat, SPANA, Animals Asia, WPSF and in Melbourne, Lort Smith Animal Hospital and the Animal Welfare league. I am one of a trio of ladies who run Brisbane Rat Rescue.I live in an Australian country town in southeast Queensland, with my husband, Andrew, and seven pet rats - Inky, Margaret, Lizzie and one male, Mozart, who has recently had his expectations cut extremely short! There are three big loving males called Prodigal, Harley and Willy Yum Yum. I choose to buy books on because a portion of the money I pay goes to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

I have three lovely adult children all married and responsible citizens in spite of their mad mother. We have three grandchildren - Evan who just turned 19 and is driving his own car (OMG) Ben who has just turned 10 and doing so well with his maths, and Ally who is 7 and a peach of a girl!

For thirteen years we lived on a 35 acre farm, running a small Scottish Highland cattle stud (Fold) and valeting mice. Yes,mice! Our primary business was actually a mouse circus which kept the roof over the heads of ourselves, our cats, our dogs and our cows for ten years. Andrew, known to the show fraternity as The Mouse Man, traveled throughout southeast and western Queensland, northern and western New South Wales and as far south as Coffs Harbour with the circus, which was featured in lots of TV shows and documentaries. I also judged the mice classes at the Fancy Mouse & Rat Club Shows.

A few years ago, we retired and the mouse circus was sold.( YouTube, mouse circus Australia).

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