Dance for a Dead Princess by Deborah Hawkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It took me awhile to get into this book. First, using Princess Diana as an 'attraction' for the plot made me skeptical and second, the writing was long-winded. However, as it got to about 30%, it moved a lot faster and I was hooked. Deborah Hawkins writes from her heart and I have a strong fascination for author who do this because you become privileged to take a small piece of the author once you have read her work.
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Her writing is for the most part consistent and her ability create contrasts between characters, settings and emotions made this an interesting read for me. It was as if to say - if you have light, you must have darkness and as humans we all have a bit of bad and good within us.
At the end, it becomes a fascinating whodunit with a whole new twist on 'the butler did it.' Nicholas Carey is a strong presence and it was especially interesting to see how Deborah Hawkins did not allow anything in plot or secondary characters to overshadow this.
Would I recommend this read? Yes. Be patient with the beginning. I also recommend this book for reading groups which are looking to discuss authors who use contrasts to accentuate characters and scenes. Deborah Hawkins pulls this off with such ease unlike some authors who only focus on all good or all bad.
Offensive content?: I was given this book with a G rating but based on language and settings, I would recommend this book for anyone aged 13 and above.
Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author. I did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was I obliged to write a positive one.
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