- File Size: 1555 KB
- Print Length: 330 pages
- Publication Date: November 12, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07KGLY5TN
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #823,841 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Absolutely loved this! A great follow-on to The Butcher with characters that we knew from the first book and characters we read about in the background in the foreground in this book. Some laugh out loud moments!" Nicola, UK Kindle Customer
"Fantastic follow up to "The Butcher", although it can be read independently. Nathan Burrows manages to keep the reader's attention with intrigue & humour throughout." Diane, UK Kindle Customer
"I really enjoyed the British humor, the crazy characters, the twists of story that made me laugh. A very fun read. Such a nice break from the very serious terrorists stories. Find the quaint towns, the english countryside, and quirky bad guys for a change of pace." Paul, Kindle Customer
About the Author
Nathan's a keen reader as well as a writer. He occasionally runs marathons, has a Norwich City football club season ticket, and is the proud part-owner of a Daschund puppy called Bertie.
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But, the strong points of this book were the characters and the rather surreal dark, humour, there were several places where I actually laughed out loud, especially one of the characters being bitten by a rabbit he was trying to 'liberate'.
I thought that the idea of a 'rebel' from a good family setting up a seventies-style free love, vegan, animal liberation 'commune' in the farm where the murders in 'The Butcher' took place was inspired, it was ironic, very funny and takes a swipe at the 'politically correct' but (rather ineffectively) rebellious millennial generation. I thought that I detected influences from 'The Lord of the Flies' and 'Animal Farm', especially in Rupert's behaviour.
It was good to see the return of Emily, her boss and her flatmate from the previous book, indeed I would like to have had a bit more focus on her.
I felt rather ambiguous towards the ending, it was a huge twist which I didn't see coming, and I thoroughly enjoyed that, but, for me, the ending of the book was a bit unsatisfactory and rather 'up in the air'.
So, overall a great read, and although it makes a good stand-alone, it was definitely improved by having read 'The Butcher' before. I am really looking forward to the third book in the trilogy 'The Candlestick Maker' (The mind boggles at what will happen in that one!)
I received an advance copy of the book, but have voluntarily written this review based on my own opinions.
The blurb gives you a brief rundown on the story, but it doesn't give you any idea of how the characters and circumstances interact together within the storyline. And this is where the British dark humour takes place, and that's where the author has all his fun and the reader can sit back and have a good belly laugh. I loved it.
Now, this is a sequel to the first book 'The Butcher' which was just as funny and where we initially encounter Emily and Andy - and the farm. Alkthough The Baker could be read as a stand-alone, I'd suggest you read The Butcher first because it will fill you in on a bit of 'historical' detail of the farm.
Everythiing starts well for the amateur baker when she starts selling her atisan bread, but thing go dowwnhill when a harrassed food inspector is on her way. A fun read as all his books are. I will continue reading this author's works.
I gave the book 4 stars because I felt it deserved it. The writing was good, and the different characters were believable. There were a couple of places where parts of the book was repeated on the following page, but not many.