Today’s team review is from Jenny Reeve,
Jenny has been reading A Shiny Coin For Carol Prentice by Mark Barry.
Review by Jenny Reeve
I give this book 4.5 stars
A Shiny Coin for Carol Prentice by Mark Barry
Carol Prentice returns to her hometown after the death of her father. She has to face the demons that have plagued her for years, and she has a ‘Plan’. Her stepbrother and his friends had better watch their backs!
Carol finds work in a local bookshop, here she meets Steve. I enjoyed the relationship between Carol and Steve, I feel for Carol and how she is a reluctant to tell him how she feels…. really feels. I simply wanted to shout at her to ‘Tell him go on, do it. Age does not matter”. Mark Barry writes with thought throughout the book, but even more so when he portrays Carol’s love for Steve. Especially at the end of the book, the writing tugged at my heart and pulled at each and every string. Devotion and pure love.
The words used to describe Carol’s fashion sense and her items of clothing is very good, and easy to visualize. I can truly imagine Carol wearing the Black wedding dress and the regalia that she likes so much. When it gets to the point that she peels off the layers to reveal what is underneath is amazingly written and well thought out.
Her stepbrother Toby and his friends make for a captivating read. The way that they behaved in the past and in the present is appalling and they deserve everything that Carol is plotting. I desperately wanted to find out what her ‘plan’ was and I felt that Mark Barry dragged this out a little too long, or maybe it was just my impatience at needing to know the plan and the outcome. Carol talks about ‘the plan’ a lot, but the reader has to wait till near the very end of the book to find out exactly what it is. But, it is worth the wait, so persevere with this and you will not be disappointed.
One thing I did not like was the use of the words ‘Unawsome’ and ‘like’. I understand that they are part of who Carol is and her style, but they were used too much.
This is a very good read though and a book that I enjoyed enough to recommend and read again.
“I swore that I would never go home, but in the end, I had no choice. I had to confront what happened. And them too. It was going be icky. And totally scary.” Carol Prentice left Wheatley Fields to attend university in Manchester and not once did she return in four years. Her beloved father visited her whenever he could, but then he passed away and it was up to her to sort his affairs. She could have done this from a distance, but a woman can run to the far corners of the earth, but, in the end, she can never escape herself She had to come home: There was no other choice. Taking a job at a bookshop for the duration, she befriends Steve – an older man who looks like a wizard and who knows everything in the world. Carol quickly encounters the demons that forced her to leave in the first place – including Toby, the raffish local villain, with whom she shares the most horrifying of secrets and whose very existence means evil and mayhem for everyone around. Especially the lovable Steve. Carol finds herself in the middle of a war between the two men: A war which can only have one victor. Soon, she wishes she had never come home. But by then it was too late. Much too late.
Bio: Mark Barry is a multi-genre writer and novelist. His work includes the minor cult hit Ultra Violence about football hooligans at a small Midlands football club and Carla, a quirky, dark, acclaimed romance with shades of Wuthering Heights. He is the co-designer of the innovative Brilliant Books project aimed at engaging the many, many reluctant readers amongst young people… He has one son, Matt, on the brink of University, with whom he shares a passion for Notts County Football Club. Fast food, comics, music, reading, his friends on the Independent scene, and horse racing keep him interested and he detests the English Premier League, selfish, narcissistic people and bullies of all kinds.
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