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Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 8 November 2022
The pace and narration is quite different to my previous two reads, to the point where I could believe it by a different author. The read undulates – in places slow and deliberate, painting mental images of the numerous and intense characters, and quickens through sections of suspense and high drama!
Our main character, Violet, is an obnoxious person who could sit comfortably at the table of a soirée held by the third reich – with her contempt for the disabled, ‘negroes’, and pretty much everyone outside her twisted, small town life.
You have to feel some sympathy for her downtrodden husband and traumatised brood – although you still wouldn’t want your daughter to bring any of them home!
But, there is one hero (in my eyes), and both karma and revenge make uncomfortable appearances.
A must read! Enjoy Pedigree Crush with a Twisted Gene – and then take a look at Nowhere Boulevard, also by Ms Black. Enjoy!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 November 2021
Time to meet the Woods. Violet, a hard unloving bigot capable of murder and Donald, her colourless husband who lives and dies in the garden and takes on his wife’s prejudiced view of life on the way. How they manage to produce no less than six sons is anybody’s ghastly guess, and author Katherine Black is wise enough not to take us there. The funeral of the first-born son is held early on in the book, but five more sons are born and survive thereafter to become blackmailers, brawlers, bullies, control-freaks and counterfeiters; a thoroughly unpleasant bunch and so toxic that they make the Borgias look like the cosy family next door.
The Woods sail through life bent on getting their own way and make a ton of money besides, and if some people get badly hurt in the process that’s just their own fault for being in the wrong place at the wrong time; including the one son who doesn’t fit, in the family or in society. But then the Woods upset one person too many, and it’s downhill all the way.
This is a slow-burner of a book, making the reader witness to the in-depth evil of the Woods before the fuse speeds up in its journey towards ignition of the time-bomb sitting underneath the Halcyon Woods Hotel and all who inhabit her. Get ready for Armageddon as vengeance is enacted.
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Katherine Black / Susan (Sooz) Simpson
Founder of Best Book Editors
Katherine has held almost every single job imaginable, from painting gnomes to zookeeper. She spent most of her life in the caring profession and has managed both a nursing home and a care agency. But her passion for the written language always brings her home to novel writing.
Born in Tyne-and-Wear, North-East England, she has settled in the beautiful Lake District, Cumbria, with her partner, two dogs, a cat, an iguana and a python (just don’t ask her which of those six things is her favourite!).
She specialises in content creation and social media outreach, and has been a developmental editor for hundreds of clients. She owns and operates bestbookeditors.com where she helps foundling authors polish their skills. However, after being diagnosed with a dramatic brain condition in 2022, she has had to let 23 staff go, and scale back the business. BBE is still very much open, we are just fewer and can’t take as much work on.
Katherine Black is the author of psychological thriller/detective/fantasy adventure novels.