Today I am reviewing Brake Failure by Alison Brodie. This is the first of her books that I have read but it certainly will not be the last!
Here’s the blurb . . .
“Is it too late to tell him you love him when you are looking down the barrel of his gun?”
An English debutante transforms from Miss-Perfectly-Correct to criminally insane as she breaks the bonds of her rigid upbringing. Sheriff Hank Gephart tries to reel her in – but she’s out of control and she’s not hitting the brakes.
What happened to the genteel lady in twin-set and pearls? And why did she shoot Mr Right?
Brake Failure is set in 1999 in the months leading up to Y2K “meltdown” when the US government was spending $150 billion preparing for Armageddon As Lionel Shriver says in her novel, We Have To Talk About Kevin: “1999, a year widely mooted beforehand as the end of the world.”
My thoughts . . .
It’s new years eve and Sheriff Hank Gephart has been shot . . . But who dunnit? And why???
Jump to sixteen weeks earlier and we meet Ruby, a little down in her luck but extremely excited to be moving to Paris (in your faces wicked step-mother and sister!!) with her new husband Edward.
But things don’t quite go to plan and Ruby finds herself living in Kansas, a little like Dorothy but the wrong way round! What ensues is a rather comical journey of self-discovery for Ruby. As she has to learn to live in a town where she knows no-one and in a marriage of convenience that is no longer as convenient as she thought it would be, Ruby must learn who she is and what she is actually capable of.
I found Break Failure to be a really great read, comical in places and, as we near new years eve and the story around Hanks’ shooting start to reveal themselves, I was completely gripped!
The characters are really well written, Claire, Ruby’s step-sister, is a bitch. There’s really no way to sugar the pill there, proper Disney style, evil step-sister – how utterly brilliant of the author to have written such a loathsome character! The rest were very real in terms of believability, again, testament to the author for her writing skills!
All in all a really great page turner, it’s not an edge of your crime fest but is perfect for those who want the crime without the blood, guts and gore!
Thank you to the author and Neverland Blog Tours for my review copy.
Break Failure is available to pre-order now and will be released on the 9th January 2017
About the author . . .
Alison Brodie is a Scot, with French Huguenot ancestors on her mother’s side. Alison was a photographic model for a wide range of products, such as Ducatti motorbikes and 7Up. She was also the vampire in the Schweppes commercial.
A disastrous modelling assignment in the Scottish Highlands gave Alison an idea for her first romance novel, Face to Face. It was taken up by Dinah Wiener, the first agent Alison sent it to. Three weeks later, Alison signed a two-book deal with Hodder & Stoughton. Subsequently, Face to Face was published in English, German and Dutch. “Vain, but wildly funny leading lady.” -Scottish Daily Mail. It was also chosen as Good Housekeeping’s “Pick of the Paperbacks.”
Unfortunately, Alison then suffered from Second-Book Syndrome. The publisher’s deadline loomed but Alison couldn’t think of a story! She found the whole experience a nightmare; and this is why she cautions first-time authors not to sign a multi-book deal unless they are prepared!
Alison lived in Kansas for two years. She loved the people, their friendliness, the history and the BBQs! Now, she lives in Biarritz, France with her rescue mutt, Bayley.
Alison’s previous release, THE DOUBLE, was published to rave reviews:
“Proof of her genius in writing fiction…Excellent.” –San Francisco Book Review
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