Title: The Only Way
Author: Victor W. Watton
Genre: Murder, Crime, Thriller, Religion
"After more chat and signing away a fair bit of money on the credit card (none of these firms seemed to like cash), we loaded the van and I set off for Redcar with Pete following in the car. The A66 goes through what is still, despite media moans that we no longer make anything, an industrial heartland. A haze of pollution, fuelled by vast columns of smoke and steam from what is left of the steelworks, covered the horizon making the clear blue sky grey and forbidding as we headed eastwards to the coast. As grey as my spirits, and as forbidding as the task ahead of us."
Apples by Richard Milward, I love a local book. The book is set in a variety of different places around the country Stockton on Tees, Yarm, Redcar, Leeds, Newcastle, London and other places. I absolutely loved being able to read about my own hometown and picture where exactly Watton is talking about.
The characters are well written and the book kept me engaged. It is very specific with the detail of the religious aspects as Watton obviously wants to inform people and educate them as well as entertain them with a fiction book. I did find the beginning of the book a little slow as it takes so much time to describe the characters, the roles in the church and the peril which the characters found themselves in it took a little while for the book to get going and to get to the fast pace sections of the story. I also found the continued use of "babe" and "darling" a bit much to read, not my choice of terms of endearment but each to their own!
Overall I would recommend the book as I feel this book was a very good first fiction book for the author and I am interested to find out what happens to Simon and Jazz in future books. This book has been independently published and I cannot advertise independent publishing more. They are people who really care about what they write and we should all buy more of these kinds of books to encourage future publishings.
10-Word-Review: Fantastic local knowledge and a great read plus independently published!
Next, I will be reading a book which, again, has kindly been sent to me by Kelsey Butts at Book Publicity Services. Gazelle in the Shadows by Michelle Peach. I really hope to have this book read and reviewed by Christmas. I would love to achieve 22 books read in 2018. Fingers crossed...Steph xx