Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Kelly Hunter's 'What the Bride Didn't Know'

I read this book in three hours. I know this because at 01:32 I saved my manuscript (according to the computer’s records) and picked up the book. At 4:31 I put the book down and turned out the light.

For the first half I still thought I could put the book down at any point and get some sleep. Once past the half way mark I didn’t think about it at all. I just kept turning the pages.
So be warned: it’s that kind of book. If you start reading it late at night, you will not sleep.

I’ve said this in other reviews of Kelly Hunter’s books, but every one of her books is better than the last. I loved Flirting with Intent so much that I was sure What the Bride didn’t Know couldn’t better it.
In fact, having met Lena and Trig in previous books, I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to enjoy their book. Lena seemed too difficult and Trig too devoted.

Boy was I wrong. This book was better. In fact, it may just have become my favourite Kelly Hunter (at least until the next book comes out).

This book didn’t lag for one second. The story kept moving, I liked the characters. I laughed at the dialogue and the one-liners. And it has an exotic setting added to the mix, which Ms Hunter is so adept at.

As a writer, I know how difficult it is too make a book like this so easy and fun to read. While I admire her books, and wish I could write like that, I don’t come away feeling “oh my god, how could I ever be that good; I might as well give up now!” Instead, I come away feeling uplifted and inspired. If I can be half as good, I’ll be happy.

And if I ever get to meet Ms Hunter in person, I’ll kiss her hem and thank her for writing so many of my favourite books.

1 comment:

  1. Lovely review, Romy. Off to check this out :) Thanks for the recommendation.