The Christmas town by Elyse Douglas review

Megan is the first character brought into the story. Visiting her parents for Christmas, her plane is rapidly diverted to Montpelier because of bad weather. An aspiring actress with a quirky attitude.

On the same flight is Jackie. Going to her boyfriend’s parent’s house for Christmas; an assertive and ambitious woman, who is on the same flight as Megan.

Their paths collide when they are forced to share the last rental car to travel to Portland.

The reader gets a quick idea of what the characters are like, a lot of conversation fills up the story, somewhat repetitive at times.

Their hectic journey forces them to drive into a snow storm, driving completely off track to somewhere very peculiar. A place where their phones don’t work and everything seems quite surreal.

I instantly got the feeling to where this story was heading. The author describes the scenes in great detail and authenticity.

The story moves at quite a slow pace, as it is revealed these two girls have wandered into a town that somehow goes back to 1943.

A very unusual storyline, the girls are not sure what to do, or how to get back.

When their car gets stolen, and the only means of getting back to the future, the girls have to desperately find the car.

Throughout their adventure in this time era, they meet people that forever change their lives; but still wanting to get back to their modern-day lives.

Forced to go to someone they didn’t want to deal with. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Although some aspects may hold some appeal, the story should have been considerably shorter, the writer tended to have unnecessary detail and events that weighed down the story.

More imaginative descriptions, and getting to the point quicker would have improved things considerably.

I tried to stay focused, but I felt the author put too much inconsequential things in, that didn’t add to the plot.

Coming to the end, I was hoping for more. I was a bit disappointed.

The ending  was way too long, the girls reflecting back on their experiences, how the men they meet  changed them, making them realise what they didn’t have, and what they actually wanted.


The ending pretty much what was expected.


Perfect victim by Jan Christensen review

Perfect victim by Jan Christensen

Paula Mitchell, a private detective, works for lawyer Geri Smithfield, her skills get her to take the case of Warren Wade, who on the surface would seem to have murdered his ex-girlfriend.
I was instantly pulled in, getting to know the quirks of the characters, what made them tick. Always an unknown motive lurking, feeling that something just wasn’t quite right about what happened.

When someone close to Paula gets hurt, it would appear they stumbled on to something they shouldn’t.
At times, the workings of Paula’s every day life can appear to be a bit mundane. However, it gives the reader an inkling to the personality.
As more is revealed about the case, so too is the complexities of Paula’s life. Certain facts are surprising, and give depth to Paula’s character.

I do feel the story moves quite slow, by page 94 I expected something more. The chapters are quite long, which could account for the slower moving plot.

With another death, and no clear idea who had motives, time is running out for Warren. And the guilty are closing in, trying to stop Paula at every turn, and at any cost.
The novel then gradually takes the reader rather tediously, through the preliminary court proceedings, going through every witness account. Gradually building to who had done it, and the conspiracy involved.

Some editing errors do occur, but doesn’t distract from the plot.

Although a decent plot line, I felt it lacked the suspense to be a good mystery. Too much of the story involves questioning and unravelling witnesses at their homes, and in court.

Although, there is a certain amount of good humour to lighten things up a bit.

Excitement builds as Paula gets closer to the truth, but also putting all their lives at danger.

The ending slightly predictable, and not overly dramatic. However, those that like a decent mystery, could still enjoy this side of things, and the main character being a private detective, gives a slightly different spin to the usual mystery.

3/5 stars