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Laura Tolomei’s Reading Reviews & Thoughts

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Review by LallaGatta – Shadowplay by Joseph O’Connor

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Enthralled from the first page…

I couLd not put it down until I reached the end!

“[…] there is a kind of shadowland where the Other always lives. Or at least, never dies. Just goes on. Hard to stumble into happiness if you don’t leave your shadowland behind.

The above quote doesn’t exhaust the marvel that is Shadowplay by Joseph O’Connor, but it gives a fair approximation of the dreamy and compelling style of this fascinating book.

This tale, however, goes well beyond an impeccable writing style. Being based on a true story is an added bonus, but what really gets you are the characters themselves.

They have a ghost-like quality about them that makes them unforgettable. Yet, they’re also defined so sharply, they emerge from London’s fog as though they were still living and breathing. It’s no effort to sink to their very core, even though you’re left wanting more of them. Of their genius and brilliance, too.

I love how the author describes Bram Stoker’s creative process. You see where his most famous character takes shape, and it’s just ironic how he outlives his creator. As an author myself, this book motivates me to keep going in my …

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Review by LallaGatta – 31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan

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Simply amazing, 31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan is well researched, well written, craftly developed and most enjoyable.

The setting is magnificently conveyed. The soot and grime of the expanding New York is a great backdrop to the horrific tales unfolding before the reader's eyes.

The characters are so real and poignant that they seem to jump out of the pages. I particularly like the love story between the defense lawyer, Henry Clinton, and his beautiful wife, Elisabeth. Their deep relationship and true partnership is the one bright spot that warms your heart amidst the darkness of the evils portrayed in this book.

I so appreciate this book that I highly recommend it to all crime and legal thriller fans!

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Review by LallaGatta – Memoirs Of The Senator’s Wife by S. M. Ford

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Terrible, in a very bad way!

I can't begin listing what I didn't like about Memoirs of the Senator's Wife by S. M. Ford.

First and foremost, the characters. Xavier and Estella are so two-dimensional that they hardly feel real. Nothing makes sense about their lives except perhaps their motivations. But even those cannot explain their odd behaviors and reactions.

Secondly, the style is flat and unemotional, which isn't the worst thing about it. What I can't stand are the patronizing tones, the underlying homophobia and chauvinism portrayed by this book. It's ironic that the same causes Estella is fighting for are the reasons this book should've never been written. As an example, I'll quote the misuse of Plato's theory of soul-mates. Originally meant to explain man's attraction to man, the author turns it into a heterosexual justification.

The many typos and grammar errors are a further discouragement in reading this book that, needless to say, I wouldn't recommend to anyone.

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