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The Goodbye Man By Jeffery Deaver

The Goodbye Man‘The Goodbye Man’ is the latest book by Jeffery Deaver in the Colter Shaw series.

In pursuit of two armed fugitives in the wilderness of Washington State, unique investigator Colter Shaw witnesses a shocking suicide. This leads him to the Foundation – a cult that promises to transform peoples lives. But is there more to it than meets the eye? Shaw goes undercover to expose the Foundation’s real purpose. Before long he meets the charismatic leader Master Eli, a man who commands terrifying loyalty from his followers. Something truly dark is going on beneath the surface of the idyllic community. And as Shaw peels back the layers of truth, he begins to see there is only one way to escape the Foundation… and the price for that freedom might well be your very life.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a Jeffery Deaver and ‘The Goodbye Man’ was a new series for me.

The story is seen from the narrative of Colter Shaw, who’s been hired by the parents of missing teenagers for a crime. When he successfully finds the boys only for one of them to commit suicide. Colter finds himself on a journey to a commune where people a promised way of life. It’s whilst there that he finds himself embroiled in a sordid world of mind control and greed.

It was great to settle back into a Jeffery Deaver book, granted it’s been a while since I read one of his books but immediately I settled into the fast paced drama gripped with the interesting mix characters, the controlling leader of the cult called Eli, who everyone is taken in his charisma and winning ways.

Colter is an intriguing lead, consumed by the need to find out why the young boy would take his one life, Colter finds himself admitting himself to Orisis with a false identity but finds himself also taken in by the leader and begins to reveal his real self.

The story is vividly written and Jeffery really sets the scene with the descriptions of the commune as well as the complex mix of personalities that really pulls the reader in.

A dramatic and thrilling story that is masterfully written with clever plot line, ‘The Goodbye Man’ is a riveting story that was a welcome return from Jeffery Deaver.

You can buy ‘The Goodbye Man’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

The Lie By C.L. Taylor

The Lie‘The Lie’ is the latest book by C.L. Taylor.

Jane Hughes has a loving partner, a job in an animal sanctuary and a tiny cottage in rural Wales. She’s happier than she’s ever been but her life is a lie. Jane Hughes does not really exist. Five years earlier Jane and her then best friends went on holiday but what should have been the trip of a lifetime rapidly descended into a nightmare that claimed the lives of two of the women. Jane has tried to put the past behind her but someone knows the truth about what happened. Someone who won’t stop until they’ve destroyed Jane and everything she loves.

Cally Taylor is an author I heard about last year when her first book, ‘The Accident’ was released and she received a lot of praise. So when I was sent a copy of ‘The Lie’, I was eager to see what type of author she was.

‘The Lie’ is a cleverly written story that spans over many years and is completely seen through the narrative of Jane, who is infact really called Emma and begins right at the point when Jane receives her first letter from someone claiming to know that her real name isn’t Jane.

The story then flicks back between the past and present when Emma and her then three best friends travel to Nepal and end up on the top of mountain embroiled in a cult where they all become enemies and the trust between the friendship is gone. Emma’s oldest friend is Daisy, but she has a new friend now called Leanne and the pair of them prefer to bully and tease Emma, leaving her out of activities. I found the scenes with the three girls uncomfortable as they are grown women, straight out of university but they resort to play school bully tactics, whispering rumours and generally making Emma feel uncomfortable. Thankfully Emma has another friend called Al, who is the reason they are all on this holiday, after her recent breakup. She is caught in the middle and doesn’t like to take sides, but she believes Emma when she begins to doubt the ethics of the group. With being the outsider of the girls, Emma is seen as a challenge by the leader of the cult Issac and this annoys Daisy as she wants Isaac’s attention. The longer Emma spends being the outsider and discovering things along the way, the more she realises that they have to get out of this place for their own safety and this is how tragically only two of the four of girls return to England.

As the story is written in the past and present, it gives an great insight into the friendship and as to why Emma has changed her name. Both tenses are equally gripping and I found this book a compelling read. In the present tense, Emma now Jane, thought she was finally free from her past, having moved on with a good job and a new love but her past has caught up with her and it seems that old ghosts don’t want her to be happy. As the lead character, Emma comes across as quite weak, as she puts up with her alleged friends behaviour and ridicule, but as time passes over the year, we see her become stronger, even though she is still paranoid after how their trip turned out.

Cleverly written and where everyone is a suspect, ‘The Lie’ is a suspenseful and gruesome story that draws into the deep, dark world of cults, jealousy and shows no matter how hard you try to hide, your past always catches up with you.

You can buy The Lie from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

The Perks of Being A Wallflower film trailer released

The Perks of Being a Wildflower

For fans of the cult book “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky there were reservations and cries of outrage when it was announced that it was going to be adapted for screen.

I myself loved the book and was wary with the announcement with the film adaptation but the trailer of the film was released during the week and there seemed to be a sigh of relief, as it seems that the film will do the book some justice.

The story follows the journey of shy, sensitive, Charlie (Logan Lerman), a high school freshman who struggles with depression, and to make matters worse, he doesn’t have friends at school. That is, until he’s befriended by step-siblings Patrick and Sam (Ezra Miller and Emma Watson), who invite him to join their group of misfits and make him feel accepted.

Although the preview of the film, seems to have an lighter feel to it than off the book, the screenplay is also written and directed by Chbosky so the differences between the two should be minimal.

The acting of in the film should also be entertaining with Emma Watson adopting an American accent for the role of Sam and Paul Rudd and Nina Dobrev as supporting roles, it does make for an interesting cast.

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is released by Summit Entertainment and will be screened at selected cinemas from September 14th 2012

Click to see the film trailer The Perks of Being a Wallflower film trailer or if you can’t wait for the film The Perks of Being a Wallflower is available on Amazon and other good bookshops.