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Peter James – Faith | Review

Title: Faith

Author: Peter James

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 470

Rating: 3/5

This is another one of James’ lesser hits, which is kind of unsurprising because I’ve never found his standalones to be particularly strong. I guess I’m a Roy Grace fan more than a Peter James fan, although I am still slowly but surely working my way through everything he’s written. It’s just that this definitely isn’t at his best in this one.

Part of that is probably because of the characters. We’re mostly focusing on a manipulative plastic surgeon and his doormat wife, who he basically uses as a walking portfolio. Bad things start to happen to them, but really who cares? If anything, the fun in this story comes from watching their lives slowly fall apart.

Other than that, there’s not a great deal to say about this one. It’s a pretty competent thriller I guess, but I don’t really have much time for competent thrillers because there are so many of them out there and they’re all basically the same. In fact, by the time I was a third of the way through this, I was asking myself why I was still reading. But I’m a completionist and I’m trying to work my way through everything that Peter James ever wrote, and so I had to keep on keeping on anyway or my brain would have hated me.

And that brings us on to something of a problem for me, which is that I need to write another 200 words to finish off this review. But there’s just not much to say, to the point at which my favourite characters were some of the minor ones who didn’t really get as much air time as I think they deserved.

What more can I say? It was competent but not for me, and I feel as though even if you are going to read Peter James, you shouldn’t start with this one. Read some of the Roy Grace books instead, or if you’re not into crime then perhaps it’s worth checking out The House on Cold Hill. I think that one’s even been turned into a stage play, which could be worth checking out.

So would I recommend this one? Not really, I’m afraid. It was just a bit of a filler read for me, and I’m hoping that the next one that I pick up will be more memorable. I can’t say that this was awful or anything like that, but I do think that if you ask me about it in six months, I won’t remember a thing. That’s actually surprisingly common and it’s hardly the first time I’ll have read a book and immediately forgotten it. Shame it happened with an author that I actually quite like though, but eh.

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C. S. Lewis – Prince Caspian | Review

Title: Prince Caspian

Author: C. S. Lewis

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 192

Rating: 4/5

 

 

I’m glad that I enjoyed this one, because the last Narnia book that I read was The Horse and His Boy and I thought it was awful. But this one was a lot better, in part because we see the return of a bunch of characters from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and a sense of character development from throughout the series.

True, it did still have the fairly generic storyline of the kids travelling across Narnia for a while and then getting in a big battle at the end, but it was told in a different way and there were a couple of new characters and some new lore that was actually enjoyable instead of just feeling like a load of exposition.

All in all then, the Narnia series bounced back for me after a real low with The Horse and His Boy, and now I’m back to being excited about finishing it off. Bring on The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – I’m starting it straight away.