Friday, 23 October 2015

The Other Me - Saskia Sarginson

Eliza Bennet has the life she's always dreamed of. She's who she wants to be, and she's with the man she loves.
But Eliza is living a lie. Her real name is Klaudia Myer. And Klaudia is on the run. She's escaping her old life, and a terrible secret buried at the heart of her family.
This is the story of Eliza and Klaudia - one girl, two lives and a lie they cannot hide from.

To put this into perspective, one woman two lives I think is a little strong. Klaudia was a child and then she called herself Eliza when she went to University - not quite the dramatic event of two lives that the book cover proclaims.

So I was wrong footed when I began to read, as I had assumed (!) that this was going to an adult who had reinvented herself.

Ultimately I suppose the book is about identity and how others perceive you through the bloodline you carry.

However, to me this book was far more interesting from the perspective of Klaudia's Father and Uncle who had been brought up in Nazi Germany. Through Ernst eyes we re live the terror of the jews and their awful fate at the hands of the Nazis - of which Ernst was one. A perspective I had not read this part of history from before.

The writing is really very sensitive and insightful - difficult to read at times, but very poignant.

I kept turning the pages wanting to know if the sins of the father were going to prevent happiness for Klaudia/Eliza - but as I don't do spoilers you need to turn those pages to find out yourself.

I'm giving this book 5 out of 5 stars.

My thanks go to Net galley and Little Brown Book group for a free advance e copy of this book.

Friday, 16 October 2015

Killing Eva - Alex Blackmore

Witnessing a dramatic death at London’s Waterloo Station triggers a series of events that shatter Eva Scott’s world. Dying words uttered on the station concourse awaken a history she had thought long buried. But the past is about to be resurrected, in all its brutal reality. Soon, Eva's life is out of her hands. A genetic key is keeping her alive – but foreshadowing her death. People she loved and lost materialise and then disappear, testing the limits of her sanity. Inextricably linked to her survival is the potential takedown of an economic power, on which hang the lives of many others. The only way out is through. But Eva’s life is no longer her own. And it's killing her.

I read the prequel to this novel - "Lethal Profit" a couple of years ago and enjoyed it.  My only gripe with that book was that the heroine Eva had no survival skills or training in combat and yet luck got her through. 

Quite near the beginning of the book Ms Blackmore makes the point that since we last met Eva she has been in training to defend herself - so that takes care of that! I must admit I didn't realise I would be meeting Eva again but I was glad I did. Fair enough after what she went through I can see the need to learn self defence, but it did become a laboured point.

This book contained good action scenes, which unlike some other well known books, didn't describe every left hook and arm hold in such detail you end up wondering what on earth is happening and who has got what arm where.

Yet again we are drawn in to a world where nothing is quite as it seems, despite knowing some of the characters and their capabilities. The idea of a genetic key I found fascinating and all the flaws you might think you can pick in the plot appear to have been covered. There were also some other great technology ideas.

One observation I had in the first book was you could tell through the writing that a woman had written the book, as there were some insightful feminine tells, this appears to have been omitted from this book, which I found a shame.

I don't do spoilers, but really Ms Blackmore - as I read the last line I did think - not again!

I'm giving this book four stars, mainly because of the ending and being left on a cliff edge!

My thanks go to Real Readers for a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.