• Non-Military

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    I was not too sure what it said about my reviews, or attitudes, when I found out the title of the book I had been allocated on an ad hoc basis, rather than the more usual requests that issued from me on such subject matter as chocolate, politics or light novels. I didn’t know whether to be offended at the thought that I was well placed to review this book (Victorian implies old and uptight…..) or laugh out loud at the thought that the subtitle, which reads Desire & Deviance in the 19th Century, had lodged itself mysteriously in the mind of the book allocator and they thought that I would have the correct ‘take’ on it – whatever that might mean!

    Whatever the truth of the thought processes that brought this book to my attention, I found that my preconceived ideas about what it would contain were well and truly flung out of the window – even if I was unsure of my fellow commuters reaction to such a book title at 6am. Mind you, it might well have set them up for the day!

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    Set in 1930’s Paris this book tells a story of the deceit and passion for everything haute couture. Alix has a dream to become the world’s most renowned designer but her life has other ideas and Alix does not end up where you initially think she will.

    When I first received this book my first thought was ‘I know nothing about fashion’ and to be honest I dreaded flicking through the pages and actually reading the book. Well, a few days later I headed off on my holiday, ‘ripped the plaster off’ and started to read the book. From there I was hooked. I ignored my husband and children for two days and followed Alix Gower’s life adventure.

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    There are two worlds in Venice...the real world and the underworld known as Carnivia...

    On the surface a kidnap story of an American teenager...but it transpires to be far darker. There are smatterings of conspiracy theories and this makes it a book that would appeal to those who may prefer a darker take on the old faithful Dan Brown.

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    A red sticker on the book covers states “As good as Martina Cole or your money back”. I hadn't read anything by Martina Cole and hadn't paid for the book, so this was a slight puzzle. I can't make comparisons with Martina Cole, but can describe the story (without giving too much away, I hope) and state that I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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    This is a challenging read, a psychological thriller, a first novel written by a clinical psychologist. So, knowing little about the subject myself, I assume it's a trustworthy account of aspects of psychotherapy. It's a complex story, involving flashbacks, plus action in the present is occurring in two places.

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