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Book Review: So The Doves by Heidi James.

I love a good book, it's so important to share the word when it comes to well written stories with beautiful descriptions and life-like characters. The first thing I loved about So The Doves by Heidi James was actually the cover, it's hauntingly beautiful and it really drew me in. As for the storyline, I wasn't so convinced I'd love it, but this wasn't going to stop me from trying...

So The Doves Book Review

The story follows Marcus, an award-winning journalist sent back to his past on a journey to discover the truth behind a mysterious body found in his home town. As soon as he enters into the past things start to change and he starts to lose control on reality, torn between dealing with his current problems and the memories of the past, Marcus must figure out the answers before it's too late…

I really didn't know how I'd feel about this book, mostly because the storyline didn't jump out at me, but I honestly couldn't put this book down. Being thrown into the late 80's/early 90's was a good feeling; the music and style of the decade mash-up was so awesome and I immediately fell in love with Melanie, Marcus's best friend, as soon as she became part of the story.

James's writing style is so rare; her descriptive qualities are beautiful and each time she sent a scene I felt plunged into the world of Marcus and his life. From the descriptions of characters to scenes, I devoured James's words; they were so descriptive and (at times) colourful. At other times it was a gritty read, with plenty of darkness and depth.

The storyline was easy to follow, yet at the same time I felt it was unpredictable, the book always held a little back (for me anyway) and I love that. It kept the truth just at arms length, which kept me ploughing on at lightning speed through the book!

The characters were perfectly written, from Marcus to Mel, to their mothers and beyond, I felt a big sense of character development as well clever dialogue and descriptions. I also loved the length of the chapters, they were perfect for dipping in and out of when you're busy and on the go without losing track of the story.

I obviously don't want to give too much away, but this book is really fantastic and perfect for readers who love gritty crime stories. For me though, the book was about Melanie, and I wanted more of her. I would love a sequel to this from her point of view because she was so well written and it was the kind of book that, when I finished reading it, I felt really sad it was over.

I highly recommend you grab yourself a copy, I have a feeling this book is going to be big. As for Heidi James, well I'm waiting for the next book with baited breath.


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