The Elephant Tree
Mark Fallon is an overworked detective investigating a spate of attacks at a string of high profile city centre nightclubs. Scott is a dejected 24 year old struggling to make ends meet working for his brother and supplementing his income with a small-scale drug dealing operation. Angela is an attractive 23 year old, raised by her father, a career criminal and small time drug dealer who supplies Scott with cannabis. This is a chilling tale spanning a few months in the lives of Scott and Angela, where realizations about the present combine with shocking revelations from the past leading to an apocalyptic climax where they no longer know whom they can trust.

The Elephant Tree Details

TitleThe Elephant Tree
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 9th, 2019
PublisherMatador
ISBN-139781848764569
Rating
GenreThriller, Fiction, Drama, Mystery, Suspense, Novels

The Elephant Tree Review

  • Archit Ojha
    January 1, 1970
    Criminological Thriller at its best. One of the books I would recommend to thriller fans. Plot : Scott, a drug dealer. Angela is a drug dealer's daughter. They want to get out of this bad-bad world.Scott and Angela give you a great time telling their versions.In one way, I enjoyed knowing about the routine of people involved with drug business. It was entertaining and new for my taste. Scott gets an opportunity to come out of it, will he leave the path and go for what his heart speaks?That you'v Criminological Thriller at its best. One of the books I would recommend to thriller fans. Plot : Scott, a drug dealer. Angela is a drug dealer's daughter. They want to get out of this bad-bad world.Scott and Angela give you a great time telling their versions.In one way, I enjoyed knowing about the routine of people involved with drug business. It was entertaining and new for my taste. Scott gets an opportunity to come out of it, will he leave the path and go for what his heart speaks?That you've to figure out. Writing Style :Not only crime fiction is there, but romance and family blends themselves pretty nicely. I've done my best not giving you any spoilers for this one. The author has definitely broken up all the stereotypes. You might like this theme or you might not, but you certainly can't deny the quality of this writing. This debut novel impressed and astonished me. It was an amazing experience sitting on a sofa watching the characters develop in their own time. I would want to read more of the author's future work. Suggested For : If you're the person who likes dark, mysterious, suspenseful thriller, don't think much. Go for it man!
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  • seak
    January 1, 1970
    When I was first offered The Elephant Tree for review, I didn't quite know what to think. I really liked the cover and I thought it might be interesting but that's about it. Then I started reading and it's mostly about drug dealers and that's not really up my alley given my prudish upbringing.Turns out, I'm really glad I read it.The Elephant Tree is Ronald's debut and I have to say I'm really impressed. That's not to say this was a perfect book. It is a little disjointed in parts and some of the When I was first offered The Elephant Tree for review, I didn't quite know what to think. I really liked the cover and I thought it might be interesting but that's about it. Then I started reading and it's mostly about drug dealers and that's not really up my alley given my prudish upbringing.Turns out, I'm really glad I read it.The Elephant Tree is Ronald's debut and I have to say I'm really impressed. That's not to say this was a perfect book. It is a little disjointed in parts and some of the foreshadowing/set-up is a little confusing and the blurb on the back is kind of misleading. It talks about a character that has maybe 5 pages total involvement as if he's a main character.Other than that, I was really attached to the actual main characters, Scott and Angela, and the plot definitely threw me for some loops. Scott is a drug dealer with bigger plans, but stuck in a rut and Angela is a drug dealer's daughter who's lived with it all her life. They both want more from life, but don't quite know how to get there.The majority of the book, we follow Scott around through his life. He smokes weed, smokes a cigarette, drinks a pint, smokes more weed, rinse and repeat. This goes on for quite a while and I hate to bring up another negative point, because I really did like this book, but it was a bit ridiculous how much of a focus this book has on the above. Then again, that's a culture I'm completely unaware of and I have to admit it gives you a good sense of the lives of these characters and what they revolve around.Scott has always been talking about leaving the drug dealing life and moving up and finally he's offered a chance to do just that. His friend Twinkle (nickname) has an "easy" job lined up and it would make them a lot of money. Of course this gets them in with a boss in town and that kind of relationship is not too easy to break.The Elephant Tree is definitely worth the read. There are great characters, a great plot, and everything just fits together in a great timeline with a great pace.Why Should You Read The Elephant Tree?Our society is very interested in drug culture. Almost every movie you watch has at least a reference to drugs if not the plethora that actually revolve around drug dealing. Blow and Half Baked are the first that come to mind. The Elephant Tree was written by someone who has experienced this (it was mostly written from prison) and after reading it, I feel like I have a much better understanding of what goes on. Recommended.3.5 out of 5 Stars
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  • Allie
    January 1, 1970
    The Elephant Tree is a story of a man trying to escape from his own tedious life, initially seeming unconcerned by committing illegal acts, but when presented with the consequences and potential repercussions of some more serious circumstances, forced to question who he is and what he really believes in. A pretty dark and challenging book, but equally as exciting and rewarding.The book itself is semi-lengthy, easy to read and cleverly written from three different POVs. Those POVs allowed me to r The Elephant Tree is a story of a man trying to escape from his own tedious life, initially seeming unconcerned by committing illegal acts, but when presented with the consequences and potential repercussions of some more serious circumstances, forced to question who he is and what he really believes in. A pretty dark and challenging book, but equally as exciting and rewarding.The book itself is semi-lengthy, easy to read and cleverly written from three different POVs. Those POVs allowed me to really get a feel for the life and mentality of each of the central characters. Detective Fallon, Angela and Scott were all memorable and I found myself empathizing with the miscreants, Scott and Angela. The Elephant Tree is an entertaining criminological thriller that kept me fully engaged. I really enjoyed it and believe others who like dark, suspenseful and psychological stories will as well.
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  • Debbie Marsh
    January 1, 1970
    Although this genre is not my usual cup of tea (it's sort of clubland meets gangland) I thoroughly enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down from the part where Scott and Twinkle do their job. Well worth a read!!
  • Bre
    January 1, 1970
    Easy read; full of action. However, multiple spelling errors, inconsistencies and a poor ending made this story forgettable.
  • Jason
    January 1, 1970
    Small-time drug dealer with some ambition and a heart of gold (too corny?), Scott, gets himself and those around him into a bit of a rough spot (think blunt-force trauma, terminal gunshot wounds, and extreme emotional distress) when job offers start to meet up with that aforementioned, but limited ambition. Add a mysterious family history, a love-interest that makes Scott's situation more complicated, and a cast of other, seemingly half-decent (and some decidedly not decent), drug-trade related Small-time drug dealer with some ambition and a heart of gold (too corny?), Scott, gets himself and those around him into a bit of a rough spot (think blunt-force trauma, terminal gunshot wounds, and extreme emotional distress) when job offers start to meet up with that aforementioned, but limited ambition. Add a mysterious family history, a love-interest that makes Scott's situation more complicated, and a cast of other, seemingly half-decent (and some decidedly not decent), drug-trade related characters, along with some unanswered attacks in the nightclub scene and we have all the makings of a high-pressure, sure to be bloody thriller/mystery/street-drama. I am going to go ahead and address the err... elephant (err... tree elephant, elephant../man tree... whatever) in the room: there is this not-quite dead, but really should be dead tree that if you approach it from the correct direction has a segment that looks strikingly like an elephant head, but from another angle appears to be human-faced - intriguing plot piece, right? Sure..., but this is presented to us by drug and alcohol addled individuals and the promises of this titular element are not quite followed up on - don't worry too much about it, it's a mood setter more than anything else. The actual plot is quite good, it just doesn't have that much to do with a gnarled, creepy elephant/human-faced tree.The success of this book lies with the dual external and internal conflicts of it's main character and the building tension of his situation. The plot keeps moving in an organic and quick, if at times slightly too convenient, manner. This book does not rely on spectacular character building, there is some of that in there, but it's more of an allow yourself to fill-in-the-blanks kind of thing, which I honestly don't mind too much in this sort of book. This was a dark, gritty book that was not what I expected, but was nevertheless a good read. In my copy there were more than a few typos, punctuation errors, and the sort, but nothing so egregious that it distracted from the story for long.
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  • James Robbins
    January 1, 1970
    overated.If you were young,inexperienced,and not very worldly you would like this book. It made me laugh.Is this "Young Adult Fiction"?Be careful, there are "cannabis" sellers out there!
  • Tyson
    January 1, 1970
    my review here.
  • Jazmine Ramirez
    January 1, 1970
    I would recommend The Elephant Tree by R.D. Ronald to be a book for high school students an adults. This is a great book for people who enjoy reading about investigations.
  • Corey Farrell
    January 1, 1970
    The plot seemed to be thrown together in the end. The first three quarters were slow leading up the end that finally had me wanting to keep reading. Almost as if he started writing it and needed to hurry to bring it to conclusion. Maybe he hit his stride too late? There were holes in the story and I never really grew to like the characters so the slow part wasn't even successful there. It was certainly an easy read and somewhat entertaining, but left me wanting more.
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  • Amanda Turner
    January 1, 1970
    Couldn't put this book down. Really easy read. Well crafted crime mystery novel with a raw flavor to the details that makes it all feel more real and really gets you hooked. Loved this book so much I went on to read the author's second novel 'The Zombie Room'. Also a good read. R.D. Ronald is known for his rocky relationship with the law. His work is inspired by the time he spent in prison for drug distribution, having grown weed for his wife to help her with her battle with cancer. It's an inte Couldn't put this book down. Really easy read. Well crafted crime mystery novel with a raw flavor to the details that makes it all feel more real and really gets you hooked. Loved this book so much I went on to read the author's second novel 'The Zombie Room'. Also a good read. R.D. Ronald is known for his rocky relationship with the law. His work is inspired by the time he spent in prison for drug distribution, having grown weed for his wife to help her with her battle with cancer. It's an interesting story. His writing reflects the plight of working class people getting in to sticky situations just trying to make ends meet, and survive.... the authenticity of this story and the characters I think stem from his experiences, and it really makes a big difference for me as a reader. I highly recommend this book!
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    I do not understand how people can say this is a book you can't put down. I usually read a good book in one, maybe two sittings. Every time I put this one down it took me a week to pick it back up. I finished it out of pure desire to have finished it. The first 120 pages are disjointed and don't insight any intrigue about what is going to happen or how things will intertwine. Then, it finally gets interesting and that part is over in a few pages. The final reveal is boring and disappointing. No I do not understand how people can say this is a book you can't put down. I usually read a good book in one, maybe two sittings. Every time I put this one down it took me a week to pick it back up. I finished it out of pure desire to have finished it. The first 120 pages are disjointed and don't insight any intrigue about what is going to happen or how things will intertwine. Then, it finally gets interesting and that part is over in a few pages. The final reveal is boring and disappointing. No one wants to read a story about what happens in the end. It was a lazy conclusion. The final few paragraphs read like the author knew how badly we would want it to end... Maybe he did too. Overall, the story was okay. I didn't hate it completely but I wouldn't recommend it to someone else.
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  • Celeste Dothage
    January 1, 1970
    Didn't particularly like it. Finished it because it was the only book I had with me on vacation.
  • Luci
    January 1, 1970
    A wild and dark story, a mystery with a bunch of twists and turns. Over the top in places but a thoroughly good read. A psychological drama from the get-go. Definitely recommend it.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    How to review this book.entertaining content (you will go through this book within days) but it's like junkfood and not coming to any great awe(some) moments.Scotts is our main character. He's a small time drug dealer with his friend Neil. They have their regular group of druggies that they know and associate with. Life is good, not great but good. Although Scott has been feeling for a while he needs a change.Scott has a strained relationship with his only brother. After his parents died and the How to review this book.entertaining content (you will go through this book within days) but it's like junkfood and not coming to any great awe(some) moments.Scotts is our main character. He's a small time drug dealer with his friend Neil. They have their regular group of druggies that they know and associate with. Life is good, not great but good. Although Scott has been feeling for a while he needs a change.Scott has a strained relationship with his only brother. After his parents died and then his uncle committs suicide, the brothers just seem to lack that connection most find in any normal childhood.Camera black out and reopen with Angela. A young beautiful female with an alternative style. We are briefed on her romance history including a shocking revelation. Angela just happens to be the daughter of a middle man drug provider--most importantly Scotts hook up. Clearly we can see whats coming. As the story goes on we are introduced more importantly to Twinkle. Poor old guy. A big time alcoholic and weed dealer. Unfortunately he doesn't seem to make the most wise decisions. Twinkle approaches Scott about an opportunity he may have.The story really takes off when this opportunity is accepted and watch the outcome which is very intersting. I think what I really desired was a more substantial outcome in all honesty.This was a good read and I would recommend it for something light during your heavy readings.
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  • Kathy Tweedle
    January 1, 1970
    Initially I wasn’t sure what to expect from The Elephant Tree and only bought the ebook because it was cheap but how glad I am that I did. I think this is the modern day equivalent of the bargain bin books I used to find hidden gems in when I was a kid. It’s difficult to describe the certain elements of intrigue in The Elephant Tree without giving away any spoilers, but I will say that this is far more than your typical case of crime fiction – police procedural coupled with predictable clichéd r Initially I wasn’t sure what to expect from The Elephant Tree and only bought the ebook because it was cheap but how glad I am that I did. I think this is the modern day equivalent of the bargain bin books I used to find hidden gems in when I was a kid. It’s difficult to describe the certain elements of intrigue in The Elephant Tree without giving away any spoilers, but I will say that this is far more than your typical case of crime fiction – police procedural coupled with predictable clichéd romance then tied off in a bow at the end. There is a lot of depth to the character arcs and better plot development than you’d expect in this type of novel. The interwoven storylines get better still as you progress through the book without ever feeling contrived as an excuse to squeeze in more chapters.I’m not typically someone who is drawn to this kind of book, but I did love this and will seek out more by R D Ronald in the future. I’d certainly recommend this to fans of crime or thrillers in general, but don’t expect the same ride that you’re used to. Full marks from me for daring to break the mold on what I had considered to be a bit of a stuffy genre.
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  • Sokolataki88
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent book, the characters are very relatable despite their criminal activities. The relationship between Scott and Angela is very complicated and interesting. I thoroughly recommend it, great read.
  • Sweetthings
    January 1, 1970
    its amazing, i loved every page it´s amazing, i loved every page
  • Molly
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, what a total stinker. I read this as part of a book club, and I am sorry I wasted my time. This is a highly implausible story about some low life drug dealers and their family connections. The writing was disjointed and poor. "Angela's walks to the village to check on news of Steph were still a regular part of her week, but as time had gone by they had become less anxious events and now more routine". Time had gone by? Try "time went on". How many poor similes describing snow fall does one Wow, what a total stinker. I read this as part of a book club, and I am sorry I wasted my time. This is a highly implausible story about some low life drug dealers and their family connections. The writing was disjointed and poor. "Angela's walks to the village to check on news of Steph were still a regular part of her week, but as time had gone by they had become less anxious events and now more routine". Time had gone by? Try "time went on". How many poor similes describing snow fall does one book need? The editing was very bad. (i.e. in one sentence a character's name is Joanna, in the next it's Joanne....) There were many instances within the story where one paragraph so poorly flowed into the next that the author should have begun a new chapter. The flow was simply off...poor or no transitions. There was not ONE redeeming character in the entire book. I didn't care who lived or died. And the cheesy ending! It was so unrealistic, and improbable as to be laughable. The sudden intense kiss after nearly dying? Give me a break. The main characters entire relationship made little sense. The author didn't bother to explain why Scott had feelings for Angela, other than being sexually attracted. Too many coincidences that were poorly explained. I just can't say anything nice about this story. Glad it's over with but annoyed I wasted the time to read it.
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  • Misha Mathew
    January 1, 1970
    The Elephant Tree was a very compelling book from start to end. It was fast-paced - I couldn't wait to see what happens next. Yet this book is different from all the thrillers I have read because it offers more than just adrenaline rush. The author keeps you intrigued through the various twists and turns.Despite the setting being the world of drug dealers and criminals, you can't help but sympathize with the characters. Scott and Angela were very likeable characters. I genuinely felt for them.Bo The Elephant Tree was a very compelling book from start to end. It was fast-paced - I couldn't wait to see what happens next. Yet this book is different from all the thrillers I have read because it offers more than just adrenaline rush. The author keeps you intrigued through the various twists and turns.Despite the setting being the world of drug dealers and criminals, you can't help but sympathize with the characters. Scott and Angela were very likeable characters. I genuinely felt for them.Both of them were stuck in a world where they don't really belong.The Elephant Tree is a well-written and original novel with an engrossing plot. Moreover there is more depth to it , than might be apparent for the first time. Though this is one of those books which sucks you in right from the fist page, it also takes a step away from the usual whodunnits. Its hard to believe that this is the author's first novel.The ending was really unexpected and despite the huge amount of suspense novels I have read, it still managed to take me by surprise.Overall:Gripping psychological thriller!Recommended?Yes! To everyone who loves thrillers and suspense, with a depth.
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  • Serena
    January 1, 1970
    I was really looking forward to reading this book given the blurb on the back. Unfortunately, I just didn't find it that good. I found the writing really simplistic ( to be fair I had just finished The Secret History by Donna Tart, and picked this up straight after and it read like a child's book). The blurb on the back is misleading. The detective features for about 4 pages in the book, the ending is not 'apocalyptic' and all a bit rushed (it all concluded very quickly in about 3 pages) and I f I was really looking forward to reading this book given the blurb on the back. Unfortunately, I just didn't find it that good. I found the writing really simplistic ( to be fair I had just finished The Secret History by Donna Tart, and picked this up straight after and it read like a child's book). The blurb on the back is misleading. The detective features for about 4 pages in the book, the ending is not 'apocalyptic' and all a bit rushed (it all concluded very quickly in about 3 pages) and I find it really patronising to the reader when all the loose ends have to be tied up so neatly. It was also utterly unbelievable.....and yes I do realise this is a work of fiction but really....a detective shooting and killing someone with no word of warning, a man seemingly unbothered with the killing of his brother etc. It all felt a bit rushed, under developed and lacking any real substance which is a shame as the initial premise was good.
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    I think the best way to describe this novel is as a crime-thriller type book but except for the first and last few chapters the detective is not in the book. The main characters are low-level drug dealers who work the local bars. There is a bit of intrigue and some twists and turns but overall there were a few things lacking for me. One was that the police were not realistic in the few appearances that they do make. I have a hard time believing any of the interactions with Scott - especially dur I think the best way to describe this novel is as a crime-thriller type book but except for the first and last few chapters the detective is not in the book. The main characters are low-level drug dealers who work the local bars. There is a bit of intrigue and some twists and turns but overall there were a few things lacking for me. One was that the police were not realistic in the few appearances that they do make. I have a hard time believing any of the interactions with Scott - especially during his final interview. The Elephant tree wasn't quite as prominent as I would have thought, or the philosophy of the uncle and the link to the tree not quite as well developed as could have been. The pacing was fairly good and it did (mostly) keep my interest.So, overall, an OK first book - and certainly better than I ever could have done. Just not a strong enough book for me overall. I would not avoid this author but probably wouldn't seek him out either.
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  • Janey
    January 1, 1970
    My only fault with this book is that I simply didn’t want to put it down in between sittings, which was a tad problematic at bedtime,...it wasn’t a book I had chosen myself to read and probably wouldn’t have if it hadn’t been recommended to me.I can honestly say it has set the bar for my future expectations!!! it has all the aspects I crave from a book, good characterisation, with a punchy storyline and disappointment of the last page perfection...... :)I have to say though for a first published My only fault with this book is that I simply didn’t want to put it down in between sittings, which was a tad problematic at bedtime,...it wasn’t a book I had chosen myself to read and probably wouldn’t have if it hadn’t been recommended to me.I can honestly say it has set the bar for my future expectations!!! it has all the aspects I crave from a book, good characterisation, with a punchy storyline and disappointment of the last page perfection...... :)I have to say though for a first published novel, I am amazed!!!.....and am now more than looking forward to reading more stuff from Mr. Ronald :) And I highly recommend it!!!!!
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  • Martin Sharp
    January 1, 1970
    The Elephant Tree was recommended to me by a fellow crime-thriller fan. Debut novels can be a little hit-and-miss as a writer finds his (or her) style. The Elephant Tree definitely sits in the category of HIT!The back of the book gives only a glimpse in to the plot and the seedy world occupied by well written, interesting characters. The plot is always exciting and leads you in a world of drug deals and violence, where you don't know who to trust. This is a fantastic thriller and one I'm sure I' The Elephant Tree was recommended to me by a fellow crime-thriller fan. Debut novels can be a little hit-and-miss as a writer finds his (or her) style. The Elephant Tree definitely sits in the category of HIT!The back of the book gives only a glimpse in to the plot and the seedy world occupied by well written, interesting characters. The plot is always exciting and leads you in a world of drug deals and violence, where you don't know who to trust. This is a fantastic thriller and one I'm sure I'll read again on a regular basis.
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  • Fatima
    January 1, 1970
    The character descriptions were incredibly detailed in this novel so that I had a very clear insight into their motives and actions. The actions scenes were also vividly portrayed so that it felt quite real. I finished this book in one setting and was quite pleased with the purchase.
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  • Adam
    January 1, 1970
    Great book, keeps you on the edge of your seat, trying to anticipate what will happen next. the kind of book that consumes your mind even when not reading. its a must read!!
  • Charlene
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at 60%. It wasn't for me, I guess. The title and blurb are misleading. It's awfully slow and has way too many spelling errors.
  • Mayank Vyas
    January 1, 1970
    Is there an option to give negative rating? Couldn't get more formula and cliche than this. Utter waste of time.
  • Julie Barrett
    January 1, 1970
    The Elephant Tree by R. D. Ronald Book starts out with a team of Scott and Neil supplying drugs to the local folks at the clubs they frequent.They make quite a profit but Scott wants a quieter life so he agrees to try a different venture to gain big money quick.Scott's brother Jack has warned him to stay away from the guys he's been hanging out with...Angela-once dated Jack years ago has now found Scott and their lifes mesh with one another. Things don't go according to plan on the venture but s The Elephant Tree by R. D. Ronald Book starts out with a team of Scott and Neil supplying drugs to the local folks at the clubs they frequent.They make quite a profit but Scott wants a quieter life so he agrees to try a different venture to gain big money quick.Scott's brother Jack has warned him to stay away from the guys he's been hanging out with...Angela-once dated Jack years ago has now found Scott and their lifes mesh with one another. Things don't go according to plan on the venture but some things do over time.Love the detailed descriptions of the places and events of the holiday, seasonal weather and even new words for me.Just one really gory part with a hammer but this would make an awesome movie-similar to ones I've seen on TV and enjoyed. Kind of like gangsters doing what they do.Lots of action, adventure, drugs, love and especially love the cave and everything it stands for.Jeff and Scott do have the plans to make it all work but there are wrinkles along the way-Angela is taken...Like what elephant tree stands for them all in the end.Just a handful of characters that intertwine as the story goes on. Easy to keep track of them all.Found there is an extra story within this one: past lives of their parents, letters come to surface that play a big part in the end.Found English way of spelling words kinda throws me off a bit. Was a cool book to hear from the drug dealers side of the story and how things run for them.Would like to read more from this author.Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    After the first hundred pages or so, the book finally hooked me. From there things moved pretty quickly. Overall it was a quick, and entertaining read.
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