Carys Jones loves nothing more than to write and create stories which ignite the reader's imagination.
Prime Deceptionby Carys Jones
Unable to accept
John Quinn, an investigative journalist on England’s biggest-selling and most notorious tabloid newspaper, is about to write the story of his life – a kiss-and-tell with one of the country’s most powerful men at its heart. But the story dies when Lorna Thomas, the kiss in his kiss-and-tell, kills herself on a quiet country road.
Unable to accept her twin’s suicide, Laurie Thomas follows in her sister’s footsteps to London and to the heart of government. And as she becomes more involved in Lorna’s world, she grows more convinced than ever that Lorna did not take her own life. But if Lorna didn’t kill herself, who did?
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'Carys has created a wonderful thriller that will keep you on your toes and make you turn the pages in a hurry to get more of the story.' - Sabina's Adventures in Reading
'I had a blast reading this, and it made me really miss the days when I would sit down and devour a mystery in a few sittings.' - Live a Thousand Lives
'...I loved it all! Carys is such a brilliant writer and I hope to read more of her work! I give this book 5 stars! ' - Lovely Reads
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This book is confidently written, and although it does not contain as much political insight as I was hoping, the strength of the writing of character interaction made the read an enjoyable experience. A few typos here and there which were a slight negative, but generally I would recommend.
This is an exciting and well thought out British thriller which I couldn't put down! Excellent! Can't wait to read more from Carys Jones.
See full review @ The Indigo Quill . blogspot . com Special thanks to Netgalley and Carina UK for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. John Quinn is a journalist for The Shadow, England's top-selling tabloid newspaper. His job is to expose the scandals and corruption of his society, and make a decent dollar for doing it. John has been approached by a young woman with the biggest kids-and-tell story of the year, not because of the event itself, but because of the man it involves. However, his awareness of the story comes with severe consequences. Carys Jones was introduced to me through this novel, and I'm kind of on the fence. The premise of Prime Deception sounds good, but I wasn't convinced it would be delivered to satisfaction. In a lot of ways, I was presently surprised in a lot of ways. Once I got into the book, I couldn't put it down. It's like devouring a novel-long tabloid that you know you shouldn't be so interested in, but you just. can't. stop. The contents of this book is like nuggets of gold to the mystery-reader who enjoys a bit of scandal. Jones has a way of hooking the reader into intrigue, wanting to know more and divulge in it. The writing was definitely good. I enjoyed that part of it. And for the most part, the story itself was interesting. But I had a love-hate relationship with this book. The main character, Charles is honestly a guy I don't even like. I don't feel sorry for him, and I think he's kind of a jerk...and several other choice names. He desperately lacked self control. But for some reason, I had to know what happened. I just had to. Well played, Jones, well played. If you like mystery, murder, juicy scandals, and a touch of steamy romance, pick up this book for a light read.
Lorna Thomas had a deal set to sell her story to a British tabloid paper. She had been the Deputy Prime Minister of England's mistress. A couple days before selling her secret, she is found dead. Police ruled that she committed suicide but Laurie, her twin sister, thinks Lorna was murdered. She will do anything to prove it, including working with the man Lorna had an affair with. Six months later, the unlikely duo—determined twin sister and mourning ex-lover/politician—team up to find the real cause of Lorna's death. The covert investigation lead to more than they predicted it would. Although the mystery was obvious to me from the beginning. "Charles glanced up from his roast lamb dinner and seized the opportunity of deception, knowing that his role as Deputy Prime Minister was the perfect veil to hide potential indiscretions behind." ~ pg. 28 Author Carys Jones loves to write and create stories to ignite the reader's imagination. She understands the feeling of escapism that readers love when lost in a great story. Prime Deception almost gave me that feeling. The mystery did not drag on but maintained a steady predictable pace. It was interesting enough for me to follow along and pick up clues along with Laurie and Charles. There was enough background info on the main characters to give readers an opinion. As my bookhearts know, I have a soft spot for UK. It always interests me to read books by England authors. If you aren't familiar with alternate spellings of words, it takes getting used to. However, Carys skillfully avoided such words to make it easier for both UK and US readers to follow. Well done, Carys. Prime Deception was not a page-turning, nail-biting mystery but it was worth reading to escape the real world for a few hours. ~Literary Marie of Precision Reviews
I received this book via NetGalley. After reading the blurb I figured this would be a really good mystery, but it was more of a decent one. There wasn't really a mystery so to say. The characters did not feel fully developed for me. We have a young intern who is having an affair with the Prime Minister OH NO right? Yeah it seemed to be more hush-hush. Or so what is thought. We learn a bit about Lorna through her twin sister who comes into play later on but it just didn't feel as though we truly learn who Lorna is. Why all of a sudden would she want to sell her story? Yes I understood she was hurt but there has to be an underlying reason and I didn't feel as though I got a true answer. Along with that being said the Prime Minister lets talk about him. He is in the office "working" but it seemed all he could do is reminisce about Lorna and then when her sister came into play I felt as though he kept trying to flirt with her? I mean really? You are thinking about Lorna and all this but yet you seem to want to be with her sister or that is the impression I got. Now the whole mystery about Lorna's death. I felt this fell short. Both the Prime Minister and Laurie wanted to investigate but there wasn't that push to do anything. Yes we find out who killed her which was not the person I was really thinking about so that is a good thing. But I figured that the characters would get dirty trying to uncover some big secret. I felt a majority of the story dealt with the Prime Minister and his feelings on Lorna and how much he missed her but yet he didn't want to leave his wife. Even though he loved her and he kept trying to avoid her. After a while the repetitiveness just kind of dulls. Now at the end one of the characters has a gun. I never truly understood this person's intentions on using the gun. Was it to kill another character? Was it to scare 'em? Was it to save the day because this person had a hunch? I truly felt that just maybe this part needed to be elaborated on more thoroughly. Along with more character development. There was also a few grammar issues that I do not know if they have been worked out. Would I read more by this author I do believe so. I feel as though she has a real knack for writing but may need some more work.
This book is a disgrace to publishing, and to Barnes and Noble. Incredibly repetitive, very poorly proofread, errors everywhere - p. 135: he was of "Irish decent" and many many more. I'm embarrassed to have read and finished it. Only at the end did I find out that the British publisher is part of Harlequin Books. The whole thing could have made a reasonable short story. These people must pay by the page. Don't.
Stuoid and boring.