Our book review format

Our reviewers rate books from 1-5
1- For use as a doorstop only
2 – Keep for publishers & booksellers’ strikes
3 – A great holiday read
4 – You’ll remember this with enthusiasm a month later
5 – Unforgettable
The review must be a minimum of 180 words and not longer than 220 words.


Ideas for review: Start with something you know about the author or the book. Tell us about the book? Think of Genre, Plot, Characters, Dialogue, Setting, Style. Is it good, bad, indifferent? Why? 



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The Burning Wire by Jeffery Deaver (Simon & Schuster) R185 ISBN: 9780340937297
After 20 novels, Deaver is better than ever. The Burning Wire is the eighth in the Lincoln Rhyme series. Rhyme, a quadriplegic criminologist, and Detective Amelia Sachs, were immortalised by Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie in The Bone Collector.
A killer manipulates the electricity grid in New York. He creates sudden arcs of power that kill in a slow and torturous horror show. This throws Amelia into a world of electric nightmares. Rhyme also follows a case in Mexico involving the one that got away – the Watchmaker. 
The novel spans 48 terrifying hours. I found out more about electricity in an evening than I’ve learned in my lifetime. Deaver juggles his storylines so well. His perfect planning allows each chapter to escalate tension in a plausible way. He does not pad his books with irrelevant facts, twists and relationships. Every word is meant to be there.
You will not be able to put this book down and if you do, you will find your mind drifting back to the story. Or to the nearest electrical appliance. I’ve looked at my hair dryer with new eyes in the last few days. Highly recommended. 

Amanda Patterson
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