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The Desolate Garden Paperback – February 29, 2012
"The Lying Game" by Ruth Ware
From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel, The Lying Game. Pre-order today
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Danny Kemp's Desolate Garden. It is exciting, intriguing and it keeps us in suspense to the end. On the other hand it is full of that british humour which British writers are forgetting to use. The descriptions are vivid and the characters are remarkably set in the story. What a lovely espionage and thrilling story. Absolutely worth reading! Well done Danny Kemp.
Writing books set in the past is a challenge which Danny Kemp has overcome with flying colours. I followed the plot line through a well described world decades ago. The characters are well drawn and the plot keeps you guessing all the way through. As a mystery it's a great read, as a debut novel, it's a blinding effort and is well worth the five stars which it has received from reviewers
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You'll be charmed even as you're horrified at the all-too-believable tale. Kemp has a sure hand with the differing strata he moves his characters around in--he also has a huge knowledge of little bits and pieces that add to making his characters so real they jump off the page! There's something here for everyone, male and female readers alike.
Mr. Kemp's sense of humor keeps this story flowing and not getting bogged down. All in all I truly enjoyed reading this novel.
I love the voice of this writer as he takes you deep into the history of the Cold War, bringing to life a time of great unrest and many political maneuvers. Weaving together a complicated plot with deft and sure key strokes, you find yourself looking for spies behind every bush.
Several surprise twists, a budding romance, and a feel of having visited England are just some of the gifts of this story. For any history buff, this is delicious buffet of entertainment. Mr. Kemp has done his research well.
Grab a cup of tea and prepare to join into Harry Paterson's journey into mystery, intrigue and family skeletons.
The major problem for me, however, in reading this was the profound need for an editor. Errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar and other matters kept pulling me away from the story. If an editor had worked with the author, this would have been a very good read. I instead got lost on the many family stories and interactive connections of relationships, connections between stories from Russia to England to other locations, involving a large group of related family members. A correct use of grammar, spelling and punctuation would have been the most helpful for me, so that I could read the story and not get bogged down in errors of writing as well as a confusion of family relationships. This could have been a fine story.
"The first time I saw her was three days after I was told that my father had died."
The attraction between Judith Meadows from the Home Office and Lord Harry plays with the give and take of a rubber band throughout the book, pushing and pulling at each other's emotions, meanwhile there is a murderer to be found and a spy to be flushed out. The story is twisted with fascinating snippets of international intrigue and crises but what I enjoyed most was Kemp's wonderful use of words. I didn't just read the story I felt it.
I have already started another book of Danny Kemp's "What Happened In Vienna Jack" and can not put it down.
Well done Mr. Kemp, you have gained a loyal reader.
In the beginning, the female lead called the male lead chauvinistic. Although he never stopped being a chauvinist, he did grow on me. On the other hand, I found her to be a controlling, manipulative, spoiled bit--. She never did grow on me.
The British caste system surprised me. I didn't know it was still that prevalent.
Lots of twists and turns in this political thriller. If you are a fan of that genre, as I am, you will find this a fun and nicely paced read.
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