Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Exit Five from Charing Cross by @ValerieKeogh1 #Thriller


The Plot:

Rich, successful Jake Mitchell is in love with Jane, the wife of his best friend, Adam. Unable to fall in love with anyone else, he settles for a beautiful trophy wife and marries Adam’s sister, Ann. Life becomes more complicated when he and Ann have two children—children Adam and Jane long for, but can’t have.

As Jake and Ann’s marriage disintegrates, so does the world around them and Jake is haunted by choices he has made.

Jake meets another woman, Joyce, and thinks, maybe he can start again. But what about his children? He can’t leave them with Ann; he can’t take them with him.

Finally, he makes a decision that will change all their lives forever.

About the Author:

Valerie Keogh is a qualified nurse with a BA in English and an MA in American Literature. She continues to work as a nurse and writes when she can, some days pages, some days just a few words.

The initial idea for Nicola Connolly came at work one day while she was throwing away unused medication. She wondered what someone could do with it, and came up with the idea for the novel, Deadly Sleep.

Nicola, one of her colleagues, encouraged her, and as a reward, she stole her name!

Connolly, is from John Connolly, one of her favourite authors.

The idea for That One May Smile, came from the churchyard near her home—a photograph of which was used for the cover shot.

The skull, on the cover on the Nicola Connolly novels, came from an antique shop in Falmouth which was why she decided to make that the location for The Devil has Power.


Exit Five from Charing Cross was simply unreadable. Jake Mitchell is on his way to meet his best friend for lunch, having just lost his last lucrative client at the trading company where he’s a stock broker. As he exits the tube at Charing Cross, he notices a woman sitting at an al-fresco table near the station and decides to hit on her, mentally comparing her to his wife. I don’t like men who cheat on their wives, so my regard for the protagonist pretty much went out the window right there.

There’s very little action in the book. Most of it is told in massive info dumps, as Jake reminisces about his life leading up to that moment. The author needed to get out of Jake’s head and into the action. Instead of saying he went to stay with his in-laws and droning on with his memories of the visit, take us there with action and dialog.

I put the book down twice and tried to go back and finish it, but I just could not. I hoped it would get better as it went on, but I never learned anything about Jake that made me like him any better, but nothing did. I do not recommend this book.

Warnings:  Incredibly Boring, Unlikeable Protagonist
Length:  285 Pages
Digital Price:  $2.99

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