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Nine Lives: Is Kate running out of time? (Jaye's Murder Mystery Series 'Lives' Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Much of the story is written inexpository style, admittedly not something I am used to. The reader istreated to a lot of background information about how Kate's life hasevolved and how each day unfolds. She's made mistakes, bad choices shenow recognizes, and has been taken advantage of by more than one man.Kate hopes the worst is behind her--especially now, with a female mentorand friend who offers the steadfast support she has been lacking. Sadly, there are still hurdles to overcome, the toll of which becomes evidentwhen several in Kate's orbit meet with foul play.
The writing iscrisp, the descriptions vivid. Dialogue, when it appears, is well done,although the bulk of the book relies on narrative. I did find several of the scenes difficult to read and had to skim them. That aside, theauthor did an excellent job in creating a thoroughly reprehensiblevillain, who I couldn't wait to see reach a justifiable end.
This book is a slow burn, very dark, with a somber tone. It creeps alonglike a slowly oozing poison or slithering snake that strikes with deadly precision in its concluding moments.
About the Author
She spends any free time learning everything she canabout self-publishing, and despite all the obstacles, she never gives up on anything and is as stubborn as a mule. She also shares a websitejenanita01.com with Anita Dawes... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B00O272A14
- Publisher : Serenity Publishing (September 29, 2014)
- Publication date : September 29, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 585 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 242 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,718,179 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Much of the story is written in expository style, admittedly not something I am used to. The reader is treated to a lot of background information about how Kate’s life has evolved and how each day unfolds. She’s made mistakes, bad choices she now recognizes, and has been taken advantage of by more than one man. Kate hopes the worst is behind her—especially now, with a female mentor and friend who offers the steadfast support she has been lacking. Sadly, there are still hurdles to overcome, the toll of which becomes evident when several in Kate’s orbit meet with foul play.
The writing is crisp, the descriptions vivid. Dialogue, when it appears, is well done, although the bulk of the book relies on narrative. I did find several of the scenes difficult to read and had to skim them. That aside, the author did an excellent job in creating a thoroughly reprehensible villain, who I couldn’t wait to see reach a justifiable end.
This book is a slow burn, very dark, with a somber tone. It creeps along like a slowly oozing poison or slithering snake that strikes with deadly precision in its concluding moments.
Adding to Kate's dilemma is a the mysterious voice that's been plaguing her her entire life, which at times proves to be more of a nuisance than of help.
At times Kate comes across as standoffish, but after reading about her history and the tragedies she suffered in the past, gives you a better understanding for her attitude. After reading about her past, I was wishing she'd find the peace that she wanted.
The story is very mysterious and suspenseful, and I was left wondering if Kate would escape the murderer. The mysterious voice plays a big part in the story and the ending does a wonderful job of explaining the voice and it's purpose in Kate's life.
One of my flaws with the story is there were some scenes in the final chapters that I felt could've been expanded on. For instance, it would've helped if there was a little more buildup before Kate has a showdown with the murderer.
Kate is a fifty-nine year old artist. She has an unusual voice in her head that provides commentary on her life; however, she has always tried to ignore what it says. Kate is currently working on a series of seascape pieces for Sam, a gallery owner and best friend, who is opening a new gallery in London.
We learn about Kate’s earlier life in a series of memories; her hardships, relationships and her current desire for solitude are all fed to us in easy-to-absorb chunks. Early on we are introduced to a sinister character who is besotted with her. As the story develops there is a slow build-up of tension, with a net of mishaps and murder that draw closer.
I liked Kate, with her artistic flair and disregard for most responsibility unless it was connected to her paintings. It became her coping mechanism in the face of underlying fears. Her passion for art shone through and I could almost see the paintings she so lovingly produced. Her back story was interesting and filled out her character, but the method of introducing it got a little repetitive towards the end. I did want to know a little more about those who loved Kate and, perhaps, what drew them to her. For me, there were so many unanswered questions about many of them, I would have enjoyed a little more to flesh out the characters.
Overall a good debut novel. If you like art and enjoy the thriller genre, then give this a go.
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Not once did I get bored reading it or find the story faltering at all - definitely one of those where 'you need to know what happens next' but I think the author's gift when writing this is to keep the protagonist centre whilst keeping the reader constantly hooked. The antagonist is typically a nasty character, one whom the reader takes an instant dislike to and the edge he adds to the story is almost palpable.
Other characters are kept to a minimum but play pivotal roles in the story; the good thing here is you never know quite how they will turn out. Will your fears be unfounded? Or did you correctly guess the next step? The ending is not what you would expect (another good talent to have when writing) but you'll have to read the book!