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Transgression: A soap star with a secret. A Member of Parliament with a darker one Kindle Edition
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Another awarding Irish author, Niamh Boyce, called it: "A well written, intriguing and topical political mystery." --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B014N1C1QC
- Publication date : October 1, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 654 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 221 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1517311640
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,712,327 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The author weaves together many strains of everyday life against the cultural morays of only a few decades past that forces the reader to consider that, even though we may live in a more evolved present, we can never fully escape the consequences of our past decisions. Ultimately,
we see how all these characters -- friends, businesspeople, politicians -- who took part in the underlying of cover up of a baby born decades earlier will be forced to come to terms with their own actions.
Throughout this story, I felt more as if I were reading a screenplay than a novel. Perhaps, for that reason alone, Trangressions would easily lend itself to an engaging and gripping drama on the big screen. Set in the UK, and considering that I always enjoy a good English accent, I would especially love to see the character of Roger come to life.
This book was an intelligently- and sensitively-written exploration of people and the decisions we make, their consequences, and who we will choose to be when we face those moments of truth.
We learn the secret early on when a young woman turns up seeking her biological mother and the identity of her father. Her appearance triggers a series of events geared toward frustrating her endeavors, which in turn morphs into a cascade that threatens to expose heinous crimes. We see how a single transgression can multiply and eventually ruin the lives of the transgressors as well as hurting those who love them.
The ending is unexpected but satisfying if a bit tragic, and leaves one with the feeling that even though a man may be weak, redemption is indeed possible.
I deducted a star because I thought that the multiple POVs detracted from the story, but that means that Mr. Parker told a story good enough that I was annoyed when he veered away from it. I found the details of English life, which spanned a period from the end of WWII to the new millennium, intriguing and absorbing. All in all, I would recommend Transgession for a rainy weekend when you want to enjoy a leisurely, satisfying read over a cup of tea.
This is an intelligently constructed, fairly complex drama that deals with the changing social attitudes of England since the 1970s, written from the points of view of three main characters. It opens with Roger, who has written a book about a recently deceased soap star. He meets a young woman who claims to be the soap star's daughter, which opens up old wounds and secrets from four decades before. Roger is forced to face up to his own guilt about his part in the cover up, which involved family friends and a local MP, and deal with the impact of the revelations on his own relationship.
The book covers many decades, with nostalgia-worthy details in each. I was a teenager in the 1970s, and this book did make me think about how far we have moved on in terms of prejudice and 'the permissive society', as it was called back in those days; sometimes for good, sometimes not so much. As the story goes on, suggestions of historic sexual harrassment are uncovered—very topical and sinister.
I found the subject matter quite interesting to read about; after all, soap operas and dramas themselves are so often based around hidden affairs and secret offspring; you can't go far wrong with a bit of family intrigue of this type! I'm afraid, though, that I found it all a bit flat. The main problem was the dialogue; each character used similar vocabulary, tone, mood and rhythms of speech; I kept forgetting who was who because they all spoke in the same way, the dialogue being mostly used to deliver facts, as was much of the narrative, as opposed to telling a compelling story with atmosphere and emotion. A trait I've noticed in many self-published mystery type books with intricate plots is that characters have lengthy conversations in which they discuss the whys and wherefores of a situation, in order to impart chunks of information to the reader, but if the characters have not leapt off the page and become real people, it's hard to care. I also felt that some of the references to social media and popular culture were a little forced.
Having said all that, the writing did improve when it moved onto the second character, Mabel, and more so again I reached the third, Douglas. The book's other good point was that the plot strands worked together well; I didn't find any inconsistencies or parts that weren't feasible, a huge plus. To sum up - it was just okay for me, but I daresay readers who care more about a carefully constructed plot than character connection would enjoy it more.
Top reviews from other countries
Fast forward 40+ years from the 1970s and Sally has read the book that Roger had written about the deceased Marjory’s life as a famous actress. She seeks Roger out, determined to find out who her father is…
Frank Parker has taken the opportunity to voice many of his own opinions in this book, and expertly weaves in news items from the 1970s to fit in with the story. There are several typos, a sometimes confusing amount of people, and rather a lot of ‘telling instead of showing’, but it’s a good tale and definitely worth four stars.