I am still reliant on ebooks for my reading “fix” and am so grateful that our local library service subscribes to an ebook system that is free for us members. The main issue with it is that there are usually long waiting lists for the better books and there are a lot of “fillers”. Unfortunately, I seemed to have borrowed the latter this week!
My first book was Trust No One by Anthony Mosawi. Here is the blurb:
“My name is Sara Eden. I was born in Scotland in 1980. My mother died at birth. My father was a tourist.”
This is all Sara Eden knows about herself. She has few links to the past: the cassette player, a cheap gold necklace, a few scraps of paper. And a Polaroid of a stranger with one line: ‘Don’t trust this man’.
As she begins to unravel her past, Sara discovers that she was imprisoned by a group of agents now moving heaven and earth to find her. She knows that she is important to them. She knows they consider her a threat. But the highly trained forces on her heels are only part of the danger she faces. There’s something in Sara’s background that is more dangerous, more deadly than her pursuers can even imagine. And the only thing Sara knows for certain is that she must Trust No One.
I did finish this book, even though I found it quite a struggle. My own issues may have had something to do with this (my memory is still poor), but I am not sure. As usual, the reviews on Goodreads are very mixed. Here is mine:
A very confusing and poorly written book. I’m not sure why I bothered to finish it, really. Others here seem to like it, but I can’t recommend this book at all.
Well, that wasn’t very successful! Sadly, my second attempt was even worse: Ghost Virus by Graham Masterton. This is the blurb:
“The girl had been staring into her mirror all morning before she picked up the small bottle of sulphuric acid and poured it over her forehead.”
Samira was a young woman with her whole life ahead of her. What could have brought her to this? DC Jerry Pardoe and DS Jamila Patel of Tooting Police suspect it’s suicide. But then a meek husband kills his wife, and the headteacher of the local school throws her pupils out of a window. It’s no longer a random outbreak of horrific crimes. It’s a deadly virus. And it’s spreading. Somehow, ordinary Londoners are being infected with an insatiable lust to murder. All of the killers were wearing second-hand clothes. Could these garments be possessed by some supernatural force?
The death count is multiplying. Now Jerry and Jamila must defeat the ghost virus, before they are all infected…
Sorry, but it wasn’t worth writing a longer response! Here it is:
I gave up on this when what was supposed to be an horrific scene made me laugh out loud! Totally over the top, preposterous plot. Simply gave up as there are other, far better, books to read and I have too little time left in which to read them.
I have read other books by Masterton and found them perfectly acceptable, so I am not sure what was going on with this one! At first I thought that perhaps the problem was with me, but other readers have responded in similar ways on Goodreads.
Now I am left in confusion. I don’t think the problem is mine, but that these really are poorly written books. I do hope that I can find better choices for the coming weeks!
Happy Reading to you all!
Love and best wishes,
PS. For those of you who are fans of the fabulous Ursula K Le Guin, there is a wonderful TV programme available to view on BBC iPlayer, BBC 4, called The Worlds of Ursula K Le Guin. It is really worth watching, if you are able to access BBC iPlayer where you are.