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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

3-2-1 Chapter Review for Faces

3-2-1 Chapter Review for Faces by Martina Cole.

Follows the life of Danny Cadogan, an extremely violent criminal (Face), and how his actions affect the lives of his family, friends and competitors.

Living on an island where English is not the first language, one tends to grab at any books in English with both hands, especially ones by a favoured author.  Unfortunately, I’m finding Faces by Martina Cole difficult to finish mainly because the rest of the book is extremely repetitive. The first chapter was true Martina Cole. It falls apart a couple of chapters down the road when you realize more effort is being put into making it a nice thick book to sell rather than telling the story. Nevertheless, this is my 3-2-1 Chapter One Review:

The Good – Great tension in the beginning paragraph.

The Good – Really captured the family spirit, with the exception of the father, they are all looking out for each other on their different levels.

The Good – Paints a picture of 1960’s London with a perfect balance of grime and nostalgia.

The Bad – The third party narrative with each character's undertones works well for most of the characters, except the young daughter, who I think is shown to have a little more perception than she might have had at 4 – 5 years old.

The Bad – Repetitive. I must admit the first chapter is not as bad as those to come but you are left with a feeling of loop-de-loop when descriptions are given as to the characters’ thought processes and emotions… OK I get it already!

The Beautiful - ‘His tongue was a furry black point, and it snaked in and out of his mouth as he shouted at them.’

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