Bleak Midwinter

Bleak Midwinter When plague breaks out in Oxford no one is safe Gripping novel from the author of Stealing Thunder

  • Title: Bleak Midwinter
  • Author: Peter Millar
  • ISBN: 9780747557517
  • Page: 174
  • Format: Paperback
  • When plague breaks out in Oxford no one is safe Gripping novel from the author of Stealing Thunder

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    1. Bleak Midwinter by Peter Millar opens with a beautiful woman being murdered as she sunbathes by a hitman called Harold Hammerstein who aims to 'reduce her golden suntanned flesh to steak tartare'. He also 'grabbed hold of the elegant, gold-chained ankle [because despite being set around 2000 this supposedly stylish sophisticate sports accessories last seen in 1986] and pulled it to one side. Viciously. Leaving her legs splayed open at an obscene angle."If you're thinking that this all sounds lik [...]

    2. I really wanted to like this. I really did. I picked up this book because the author has my uncle's name and I was currently studying the plague bacteria in microbiology. I figured it'd be a perfect fit for me.Unfortunately, I was never really able to get into the author's writing style and found myself growing bored quite often. I finally forced myself to finish the book last night and i must stress the word force. (view spoiler)[ One of the characters is just killed off, no explanation, no sub [...]

    3. I did like the book but it was after a promising start became a rather formulatic thriller and I felt its characterisations were sacrificed for the kind of action you'd find in a film. The book is made up of short chapters, each of a different scene and while this did work to give a sense of speed in which events were taking place, it did feel choppy. One departure from and one addition to the 'cast' also seemed very poorly handled and I had wondered if my copy was missing a couple of chapters. [...]

    4. The plot – farfetched and melodramatic in places – was only alright. The writer’s style was okay; he could never be accused of being avant garde. His use of metaphor also became repetitive too – he seemed particularly obsessed with the phrase (already hideously overused in the media) the ‘rape of the countryside’ which, while I appreciate the problems behind it, I find people tend to use lazily and because it sounds intelligent. Suffice it to say, it sounded less intelligent the 103r [...]

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