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Today’s second team review is from Wendy, she blogs at http://booklovercircumspect4.wordpress.com

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Wendy chose to read and review Six Lies by Ben Adams

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Poor David, the guy just can’t win for losing. His wife, Lou, has left him for a librarian, *chuckle, chuckle,* and then his mother dies, and leaves him a note that she wasn’t his biological mother, and he needs to get answers from his father.

So, what does Dave do? Dave gets drunk and shags his best mates, ex wife, and a few others along the way. Great idea, Dave!

All the while, he’s still trying to get his wife back and figure out who is bio mom is.

Dave has a tendency to behave like a petulant child throughout this book, and has a tendency to get in his own way most of the time. Throughout reading this book, I didn’t know if I wanted to slap Dave across the face or just beat him to a bloody pulp!

But, when more lies are revealed after Dave meets his bio mom. You kinda gotta feel for the guy, and instead beat Dave’s dad!

In the end, Dave does redeem himself but dang it took him long enough. Maybe, he would have stayed more on track had he been thinking with the correct body part…

Overall, this was a funny read, written by a man’s point of view of life, and how they get in their own way a majority of the time!!

It reminded a lot about the joke, “What happens when you play a country song backwards? You get your wife back, your dog back, your truck back..”

Happy Reading!!!!

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT SIX LIES by @BenAdamsAuthor

Today’s team review is from Chris, she blogs at http://cphilippou123.wordpress.com

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Chris chose to read and review Six Lies by Ben Adams

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Review:
This was fresh, poignant, and witty contemporary fiction with healthy doses of drama and romance.

Dave Fazackerley is in a bit of a rut, life-wise. His wife has left him for a librarian, his mother’s died (although, about that: apparently she wasn’t really his mother), his dad is not quite as worship-worthy as he always thought, and his band refuse to acknowledge that it is no longer the 80s(ish) and that ballads were never cool anyway. Dave decides it’s high time he turned his life around, but soon discovers that he has a knack for self-sabotage. Which is great for us readers.

The story was serious yet light, the writing well-crafted yet fluid, the romance charming yet cynical. The novel packed in so much, but was wrapped in humour and was never overwhelming for the reader. I loved it.

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT SIX LIES by Ben Adams @BenAdamsAuthor

Today’s team review comes from Terry, she blogs at http://terrytylerbookreviews.blogspot.co.uk/

Terry chose to read and review Six Lies by Ben Adams

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Six Lies by Ben Adams

3.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by me as part of Rosie Amber’s Review Team

A very short way into this novel, I realised that Dave, the main character, is actually a minor one from Ben Adams’s first book, Six Ways To Get A Life, which I read earlier this year, and I thought, what a great idea! I love this sort of thing on TV dramas, when a series tells the story of a different member of the cast each week; it always brings home to me how little we really know about each other’s’ lives.

The plot: After his mother’s death, bank cashier Dave Fazackerley discovers that she wasn’t really his mother at all. It’s a confusing time in his life, as his wife has left him for another man, and he’s stuck in limbo emotionally, having ill-advised one night stands and trying to lead his 1980s pop covers band in a favourable direction.

Ben Adams has a readable, conversational style of writing that flows along; it was no hardship to read this book over a short period of time. There are some good lines:

Is that the best drummer you can find? My gran could do a better job and she’s had Parkinson’s Disease for the last twenty years.”

It is a place where middle-aged, middle class people with large middles live.

One bloke with an unruly beard that seemed to morph at about neck level into a brown cardigan

“...your foreplay leaves a lot to be desired.”

I don’t remember you moaning at the time.”

Exactly, Dave, exactly.”

 It’s a good plot, too. I think I preferred Graham’s story in the first book, though; it seemed more ‘real’. I felt this was a little formulaic: Dave is a likable, good looking bloke (but not too good looking), desperate to get back with his former love who he lost through his own incompetence. There’s the group of mates that include the wacky best buddy and the more serious one (Graham), he has a few casual sexual encounters he regrets, and listens to records from his youth when feeling morose … not unlike most other ‘lad lit’ heroes (High Fidelity, The Understudy, etc). This isn’t necessarily bad, because he’s a well-drawn character and some genres do follow a formula; indeed, their readers like to know what they’re getting. I did enjoy much of it, certainly enough to read it quickly because I wanted to know what happened. I was just hoping for something with more spark; it was all a bit too safe.

Although the book is mostly written from the first person, there are also chapters from the points of view of Dave’s father, Terry, and his mother, Sue. I was pleased to see this variation at first (I do love books from multiple points of view), but, alas, there wasn’t much to differentiate between the ‘voices’ of the characters. Aside from a couple of recurring slang words from Terry, he and Sue told their sides of the story in much the same language and mood, with similar attitudes and rhythm, which gave no sense of being inside the head of a new person. However, finding out what happened in their respective pasts added another dimension and rounded the story out nicely.

There’s a particularly neat twist near the end; I knew something was coming because there were a couple of hints earlier on, but I couldn’t guess it, hadn’t a clue – good shot!

To sum up, Ben Adams can certainly write, knows how to make a reader keep turning the pages (not a quality all writers can boast, by any means), and has the cosier end of this genre down to a ‘T’. I didn’t spot one single error in it, and although I prefer something with a bit more bite, I imagine it will do very well for him and will appeal to many.

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