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It certainly is. While it’s different from the other thrillers, with less physical danger and fewer undertones of violence, there’s nevertheless the Roy Groves guarantees of financial brinkmanship, danger, personal courage and, as always a big dose of intrigue and surprises. And in this book there’s more scope for the vagaries and intricacies of the different characters to emerge, plus there’s lots of unexpected humour.
Having retired from business life, Roy and his wife are relaxing in their Spanish home, when a meeting of the residents of his large apartment block estate (of mostly ex pats) discloses unpleasantness, bigotry and the dark shadows of financial mismanagement. The book starts with a meeting of the residents, where it becomes clear that the current president of the community is a prevaricating fool. Roy, who wanted to enjoy retirement and freedom from responsibility, becomes the decidedly reluctant new president. He does this purely for altruistic reasons, because it’s clear that none of the other residents has his business expertise, which is clearly vitally needed, to put things right.
The thankless task becomes less then thankless. In fact it becomes difficult, awkward, embarrassing and even downright dangerous, and multiple, seemingly insoluble, problems ensue.
I very much liked the interesting characters that came alive in this book. The ‘gangster’ businessman with peroxide hair, muscles and tattoos, whose expletive-filled language shocks the sensitivities of the middle-class ex pats, the noisy prostitute lady, not forgetting hapless and hopeless Jim, the failed president, who has a habit of brushing problems under the carpet.
There are shady happenings involving collapsing hillsides, financial mismanagement and murder. But all through the book, Ray’s humour and his brilliant ability to create interesting, realistic and likeable characters keeps you turning the page.
All in all it’s a cracking read, that’s amusing enough to make you laugh out loud, yet gripping enough to make you desperate to know what happens. Mostly you can just enjoy being with Roy Groves and his wife Donna, who come alive so much that you feel as if you’ve made new friends.
This was an amusing story, but with a disturbing darker side. The diverse array of characters are all well-drawn, and anyone who has lived the expat life will surely recognise the types. The ending is satisfying, with all loose ends being wrapped up efficiently. In summary a cracking good read, which is probably best enjoyed on a sunlounger with kindle in one hand and G & T in the other!
Cue financial impropriety, mysterious Eastern Europeans, dodgy builders and developers, untrustworthy local politicians, questionable security guards and a host of larger than life characters that mean Roy is going to be busier than ever.
Horizontal Living is the fourth instalment in what has been an outstanding series, and continues the great work: exciting, intriguing, with a few characters we've come to know and love and a host of newcomers who burst into life within the pages, plus a well-judged, unobtrusive measure of humour. Highly recommended.
Described as a black comedy, this is a story about a load of ex-pats living in a Spanish holiday complex, including larger than life characters from all walks of life and at the heart of the plot, a dodgy Spanish building firm.
Thrown into the mix is Roy Groves; ill-fated business man from a previous story, now lumped with the task of sorting out community matters.
This novel made me laugh with its drama and dark humour, along with a thrilling twist at the end - I thoroughly recommend it as a great holiday read, especially for anyone who has lived in Spain.