- File Size: 1347 KB
- Print Length: 329 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Three Shires Publishing (September 12, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 12, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075724DK7
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,540 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It’s a contemporary romantic thriller set in the UK. It’s written in the present tense mostly by the main character, Madeleine Ross.
Madeleine, who has recently moved from London, is trying to live a quiet life, keeping a low profile, in the idyllic English village of Crowbridge, although it’s soon clear that she has plenty of secrets she’s not prepared to share, even with the reader! Her hidden agenda is very gradually and suspensefully disclosed. She has many personal issues to deal with throughout the novel, including her promiscuous attitude to sex, which she uses to make up for her insecurities, rooted in her childhood.
She interacts with a variety of local characters in the village. I liked the way her supportive relationship with a young girl, who also has to deal with a complex, dysfunctional family, brings out the best in Madeleine, reminding her of her own traumas.
Madeleine also has an unusual, unorthodox and secret job with an insurance company. Matters are further complicated by her personal, professional and romantic relationship with her boss’s nephew, Daniel, whom she doesn’t trust, and the reappearance of her former, unscrupulous boyfriend, threatening to wreck her life.
Parallel Lies was a pleasure to read. I enjoyed the way Madelaine’s character gradually unfolded and developed throughout the novel, and there were many twists and turns to keep me interested right to the end.
Especially for lovers of well written romantic suspense set in the UK.
Among her neighbours, Madeleine has some admirable foils to help move events along in the quiet village of Crowbridge. Whilst the first few chapters are scene-setters, we begin to realise from a little drip-feeding of Madeleine’s thoughts, all is not what it seems.
As the tale progresses, we have more insights into Madeleine’s habits and routines along with some delightful cameos from her supporting cast, particularly Sidney, the newsagent.
Georgia Rose’s writing style is straightforward and very easy to follow. She maintains a good dialogue to description ratio and her characters have depth. We’ve all met pretentious people at community social events like Letitia and Ben. Placing these supporting players into her story adds a realism which anchors her plot to allow her a bit of licence with some of the slightly more improbable aspects.
This tempo builds slowly and the reader has to rejust their mind-set to accommodate the many layers of Madeleine as they are gradually revealed. If you have read the Grayson Trilogy, I think you will readily accept that Georgia Rose won’t show her hand too quickly; if you haven’t, stay with this tale through the early chapters and you will be rewarded.
There are some detailed descriptive passages, from Sidney’s shop to the interior of the Bull pub and the area from which Madeleine originally came. The author touches on some domestic minutiae; be it eating soup with a neighbour, having a pub meal with a friend or shopping in the small local supermarket. These safe, cosy everyday occurrences give counter-balance to the grittier, more menacing aspects of the plot.
The underlying theme here is romance however turbulent waters stand in the way of Madeleine and her man but there isn’t an over-reliance on a simple love story to carry the book. There are complexities and twists in abundance as the tale gathers pace so that by half way, I was definitely hooked.
I confess to having no idea if the scenario is credible but even if it isn’t, the book is a jolly good read. If you are looking for an engaging story and don’t mind a bit of adult content, you’ll enjoy ‘Parallel Lies’. I award Georgia Rose a well-deserved five stars and look forward to her next offering.
Reviewed on Whispering Stories Book Blog
*I received a free copy of this book, which I voluntarily reviewed
However, Maddie’s boss, Cubby is about to retire and she is not happy to be working with his disapproving nephew, Daniel. Soon there are fireworks between them and yet she cannot deny a mutual attraction. Meanwhile, Madeleine helps teenager, Kourtney, to escape her unfortunate home circumstances and start out on a successful future. She is also tempted to improve the life of Letitia, a trophy wife with an arrogant husband.
Speaking in the first person, Madeleine shows the reader that her need to plan in detail arises from chaos in her past life. Her kindness and warmth provoke friendship from older friends in the village such as Chris, a writer and Diane, a healer but her relationships with young men have no depth.
In contrast, we discover more about Daniel in the second person. As he sees more of Maddie, he seeks some commitment which she is unwilling to give but when she is threatened, “Hatred coils,” in his gut, “visceral and black like angry snakes.” He is prepared to do anything he can to save her.
Every character in the book is significant. We learn about their character and beliefs, making the story more intense and real. Towards the conclusion, tension mounts as Madeleine seems to be caught in a web from which there is no escape but we hope that her intelligence and ingenuity might bring hope for her future.
This is a book which surprises and intrigues the reader with an unusual but likeable heroine who will win your loyalty. A highly recommended read.
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