Morning everyone - it's snowing again here. I really must watch the forecast more often...
I have something a little different for you today - a novel about politics and Westminster, so this one is much more for both sexes, than my usual fare.
So, without further ado, here's Party Games
Rodney Richmond, the young, charismatic yet ultimately insecure Leader of the
Opposition, is at a critical time in his leadership. But once his Shadow Cabinet
reshuffle turns sour, leaving a sacked Chief Whip out in the cold, events begin
to spiral out of his control. Richmond’s leadership rival and deputy sees his
opportunity to seize power through a ruthless game of manipulation and
blackmail, leaving Richmond battling for the heart and soul of the party – and
the woman – he loves.
Will the loyalty of Richmond’s most trusted allies
be enough to stop his enemies, or will their attempts to save him lead to
tragedy? Set in the heart of Westminster, Party Games is a hotbed of ambition,
treachery, friendship, love and passion. Nobody is safe, and everyone must
And here's what I thought of it:-
A glimpse into life in Westminster - bet
it's all true!
This is not a genre I would usually read, as I don't follow Politics. I do,
however, like legal thrillers and courtroom dramas, so it wasn't such a stretch. I am so glad I read this book. I had real problems
putting it down and found myself getting annoyed when my Other Half came home
and interrupted me! I could easily visualise all of the characters and although
the novel deals with backstabbing, deals, dodgy journalists, scandals, switching
allegiances and downright skulduggery, there is a strong romantic theme running
throughout the novel, as we see the relationships behind the politicians. How
the past shapes the future is also important, as is trying to keep any sort of
private life private. The balance of power between politicians, journalists and
other 'players' is also very interesting to see unfold. The novel really made me
wonder about matters I hadn't given much thought to before. I found Colin
odious, although I empathised with him to some extent because of his past. I
liked the dubiety over the relationship between Rodney and his close colleague,
as well as the eventual relationship between that colleague and another who had
been recently sacked. I could well believe that life in Westminster is very
similar to this. Also, people stealing their colleagues' thunder and taking the
credit themselves is another concept I could clearly see happening on a
relatively regular basis. Jeremy having to be placid and keep everyone in line,
reminded me a little of a mother hen, trying to keep the peace. I believe there
will be a sequel to this novel and I am very much looking forward to it. The
pace of the novel and the multitude of events which happened and secrets which
were unveiled, made for a compelling read.
I have rated this novel 4 stars,
as it would have benefitted from a professional proofread. I understand this is
now being rectified. Had it been, and if I were rating on storyline alone, I
would easily have rated it 5 stars. An author I am delighted to have discovered.
You can buy Party Games from Amazon at http://amzn.to/12WLQAc (UK) or http://amzn.to/12WLQAc (US) - £1.02 and $1.65 respectively - an absolute bargain in my opinion.
Tune in on Monday for an interview on dating with Shaz's Book Blog.
Have a great weekend everyone