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Sugar & Spice: When you think the unthinkable, where do you turn? Paperback – December 4, 2012
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This is a seriously brilliant read. Fast paced and as so many others have said equal in quality to some big names. Whilst agreed the topic is a bit disturbing all in all a fantastic read and for under a pound who can criticise! Andy B
This is one of the best crime/thriller books that I have read in recent years, I really could not bear to put it down. Will hope for more from the same author. Avid reader --Amazon.co.uk
Though hard topic to read - being a mother of young kids. The story was gripping, it twisted and turned, great 1st book. Lisper --Amazon.co.uk
The research and the raw courage it must have taken to write this novel... boggles my mind. A mother finds the strength to pursue her child's killer. The subject matter is both terrifying to read and impossible to put down. B. Silkstone --Amazon.com
A great crime thriller, this was impossible to put down. The writer is fantastic, everything is described with the utmost conviction. Really good suspense and dialogue. I had to read everything in one go because it was so exciting! Jenny --Amazon.com --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
From the Author
Firstly, I just wanted to say a great big THANK YOU for buying the book. It means a lot.
There is an awful lot of hard work that goes into writing, editing and publishing a novel, but when readers say that they have enjoyed it, or a character resonates with them, or that a message was received and understood, then it makes it all worthwhile. After all, that's what we write for.
This book was a collaboration and I must admit, the original idea for the storyline, was my co-author's. Needless to say, I am very pleased that he had it! The Saffina Desforges writing team consists of writers across two continents.
Sugar & Spice deals with some very delicate questions and I hope that I have dealt with them in a way that gets the point across, without making the reader uncomfortable. It is a serious subject, but remember, it is still fiction.
This book was published to Kindle for that reason. For now, I am just happy to have S&S out there. It deserves to be read.
I am now working on a series of fast-paced crime-thrillers based on classic fairy tales but with a modern twist. Look out for The Rose Red Crime Series and DCI Cass (Red) Rose - coming soon!
In the meantime, be safe in the knowledge that whilst there are people like you out there, writers will always write.
You are the reason we do what we do. That and to shut the up the voices in our heads'!
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This is an edge of your seat thriller involving a serial-killer child rapist and a grieving mother who sets out, with the help of an intriguing and eclectic cast of characters, to both find the killer as well as seek out answers as to WHY someone would do this, which is where the various perspectives of the "why's" for this type of sexual 'preference' comes in.
Admittedly, the first several chapters of the book just barely held my interest. It's not that there is anything wrong with the writing; quite the contrary. It starts off slow in order to set the stage for the nail-biting thrill ride that soon follows. Once I reached the middle of the book (roughly), I was absolutely unable to set it down and had to finishing reading it to it's shocking conclusion. So keep that in mind while you are reading and don't make the mistake I almost did and set it aside completely. Stick with it because the pace does pick up and then doesn't slow down a bit until the climax, which really packs one hell of a punch.
I decided to read the original U.K. version as opposed to the American version as I wasn't sure how much would be censored, if any, for the American audience. While I don't know if there are any differences (the author has not responded as of yet to my question), aside from changing the setting (to New York City) and altering the spelling of English words to American English, I recommend erring on the side of caution and reading the original version.
To recap; the characters are unique, have depth and are very well portrayed. Additionally, light is shed on the short-comings that can and do sometimes happen concerning issues with the legal system, the pressure on the police department to solve these types of cases as quickly as possible regardless of errors, police brutality, and the overworked, short-staffed and untrained social workers. These are problems that exist in the United States as well so if you do choose to read the original U.K. version, you will be able to recognize and connect with many of these shared issues. The plot is very well written; I noticed zero holes in the main plot or sub-plots and everything is resolved at the end with no unanswered questions. The writing is precise, vividly descriptive and well-edited.
As far as novels go, I recommend this read. While the subject matter is disturbing, the author manages to balance it out through her main characters that, while serious, do help lighten the mood. It's a very well put-together "whodunnit" mystery-thriller constructed around a controversial and difficult subject matter; however, at it's core, this novel has heart and I'm glad I didn't pass it by.
The novel follows the search for a serial killer responsible for horrific child murders in England and Wales, with enough details of true crime woven in to give the whole work a feeling of reality. Several late nights, I was forced to put the book down because I feared I would have nightmares if I continued to read.
The authors write from various points of view, from the mother of a victim to a man struggling against his own pedophiliac impulses. The suspenseful build-up was impeccable and scarily believable, the ending satisfying on most counts. My only complaint is that the authors chose to leave a loose end that I would have preferred to see wrapped up. However, that doesn't detract from the overall effectiveness of the book.
I did note a fair amount of typos (around 25-30), though most people will likely read right past them. American readers should also be aware that this is a British book and the authors use words that may not be familiar to them.
If you enjoy being horrified and repulsed on an emotional level, I recommend reading this book. If you love suspense novels, read this book. If you have ever wondered how pedophiles can live with themselves, this one's for you. However, if you are an overprotective, hyper-vigilant parents, please - for your own sake as well as your kids' - don't come anywhere near this one. You'll never let your children leave the house again.
Susan Wells Bennett
An Unassigned Life
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