Category: Authors P-T (By Surname)

B. A. Paris – The Prisoner [REVIEW]

Title: The Prisoner

Author: B. A. Paris

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 394

Rating: 4/5

This is my second B. A. Paris book after I read and loved Behind Closed Doors. This one is much the same, and in fact Paris seems to have made a career out of writing about female characters who find themselves trapped in relationships that look “normal” to the outside world.

In this one, our main character Amelie ends up marrying someone as part of a scheme that theoretically should benefit both of them. She’ll get paid the £100,000 she needs to train to become a lawyer, while her new husband will be able to get his parents off his back so that he doesn’t have to take part in an arranged marriage.

Of course, with B. A. Paris, nothing is ever quite that simple.

The narrative hops backwards and forwards through time but in such a manner that it’s easy enough to follow, and there’s a good reason for it. It allows Paris to slowly reveal the backstory without dropping it all on you up front, and yet she does it in a way that doesn’t leave you feeling cheated.

So, what happens? Well, Amelie and her new husband get kidnapped shortly after their wedding day, and they’re held incommunicado as the kidnappers make their demands known. We don’t actually see too much of Ned, and certainly not through his eyes. But that’s okay because Amelie is a fascinating character to see the story from.

She’s super resilient, mostly because of her tricky past, and while she’s the victim at the beginning of the story, she’s very much able to have her revenge. In fact, apart from the PTSD and the fact that most of her friends are dead, she comes out pretty well considering what might well have happened.

All in all then, this book is a great reminder of what B. A. Paris does best. It’s one of those books where it’s hard to put down because there’s always something about to happen. It’s not as though there’s a huge build up and then a big pay-off. Rather, there are constant build-ups and payoffs throughout, almost like a Dan Brown novel.

And so if you get a chance to pick this one up, it’s definitely worth doing. It’s a cracker.

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Tim Peake – Ask An Astronaut [REVIEW]

Title: Ask an Astronaut

Author: Tim Peake

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 252

Rating: 3.5/5

This book is both weird and interesting, and I’ll tell you for why. It has a lot of cool stuff about space in it, but it’s also just a list of questions and answers.

Because of that, even though I felt as though I learned a lot about space and the International Space Station, it also felt as though I was reading a bunch of Quora posts. Tim Peake knows his stuff, and the book was pretty well edited so that at least the questions flowed from one to the next, but it was still, y’know. Perhaps not as engaging as it could have been.

But then, Peake isn’t a writer. This is technically his second book, but the first one was just a bunch of photos and this one is just a list of questions with their answers. It was interesting to learn those responses, of course, but I feel as though there would have been better ways for the information to have been presented.

Anyway, this is the kind of book that’s worth reading if you can pick it up cheap from a charity shop, like I did. I can’t imagine wanting to pay full price for it though, and even with it going cheap, it was just okay. I’m not sure if there’s an audio book version of it but that might be a bit better.

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