This book is well-written, with a plot that's both believable and moves at a nice pace for the genre. The characters are well-rounded, and the main character is someone easy to like and sympathize with. I should warn you though that the book contains scenes which some readers may find upsetting.
By Amazon Customer on July 8, 2015 Format: Kindle Edition
We all make mistakes in our lives, some of us are very regular in making them and some are not. Sometimes the mistakes are something that can be easily rectified. However, there are times when a single seemingly umimportant mistake ends up almost ruining your life. And that is what happens to Cathy in Dangerous Associations. Her husband, who she married for love, starts cheating on her. She divorces him thinking that would be the end of it. But he soon turns to drugs and a whole nightmare unfolds for Geoffrey, Cathy and Rob.
The story has a good concept and good character definition. The characters are well placed and easy to relate with. The language is not abrupt. It is good enough to go with and smooth. However I have my reservations about the flow of the story. Most of the story is from Cathy’s point of view. But right in the middle, out of nowhere, Geoffrey’s point of view comes. Even another character’s story is shown right in the middle. They were relevant to the story, of course. But because of the abrupt change in story perspective, the flow breaks considerably. It could have done as alternate chapters from each perspective so that there is a uniformity in the flow.
Overall, the story was good. Just apart from the flow and therefore, the style of narration, I loved the story and the plot. It is really engaging and exciting till the end.
With twists and turns in mysterious Egypt, Rita tells the story from two points of view -- her heroine Anna, and Ramy, the missing person. Her insights into the culture and ancient Egyptian history added to the story. The additional bonus of Australia, especially from the political side was interesting as well. The book was well-paced, and the author was able to keep the suspense alive until the end.
Sarah Stuart rated it 4 of 5 stars
Anna Davies is presented with an intriguing problem at the very start: a plea for help from a very attractive Egyptian man, Kareem, whose brother, Ramy is missing in Egypt. Anna has a new job as PA to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. She passes on the message and the reader is plunged into the world of Australian politics, which is either familiar to Ms Chapman or extremely well researched since Anna, in the absence of the minister’s wife, attends the inaugural dinner following the state openin Anna Davies is presented with an intriguing problem at the very start: a plea for help from a very attractive Egyptian man, Kareem, whose brother, Ramy is missing in Egypt. Anna has a new job as PA to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. She passes on the message and the reader is plunged into the world of Australian politics, which is either familiar to Ms Chapman or extremely well researched since Anna, in the absence of the minister’s wife, attends the inaugural dinner following the state opening of parliament by Queen Elizabeth II in 1988.
Kareem appears again after an abortive trip in search of his brother and Anna becomes his lover. The scene is set for the couple to fly to Egypt together and, amongst vivid pictures of bustling Cairo and Abu Simbel, the last place Ramy was known to be, a trail of mystery, hidden treasure, tragedy, and murder, unfolds.
Many times I was sure I knew what would happen next, and I was always wrong. The end is impossible to guess. Ms Chapman’s debut novel is a four star read. Don’t miss it, or the five star Dangerous Associations that she published more recently
4* By jaybee on January 24, 2016
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Good easy to read, imaginative, fast flowing and with the interesting background setting of ancient and modern Egypt.