Author Scott Beaven
Publisher CreateSpace Independent Publishing
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review
This is the final instalment of Kiri’s tale. Now aged forty-one we find her working at the Courtauld Gallery in London guiding visitors around the exhibits, on her feet all day . . . sometimes seven days a week . . . but loving every minute of it. She has moved to a house with a small garden in Fulham, dyed her hair brown and at last she looks like the picture on the cover of the books.
There is a new man around, Graham a millionaire businessman looking for the love of his life. This is partly Graham’s story too; he sells cheap imports from China and we watch as he accumulates more and more wealth and money, at the expense of British and European jobs. But these are only the rails along which the parallel lines of Kiri’s new life runs; re-building shattered relationships; abandoning others that refuse to be resurrected and attempting to construct meaningful new bonds from the flimsiest materials, mud, straw and a lack of commitment.
Meanwhile, Madison and Keith are bidding to rule the world and fill their bank accounts by bringing the North American economy to a standstill. Honest and unsentimental, Kiri embraces the life she has rather than the one she might have hoped for, with her customary restraint and dignity.
What did I think?
Not having read the two previous books in Kiri’s tale written by Scott Beaven, I didn’t really know what to expect. I often find that reading a series from the last book never really works, but in this case I am wrong! Beaven has written a story that I can imagine would follow on from prior novels, but if you didn’t know it was part of a series then you wouldn’t know from reading it either!
Beaven has truly surprised me with this book, at first I didn’t think I was going to get on with it but I am so glad I persevered. The story gripped me and I couldn’t put it down! Kiri really does have an interesting story to tell, and Beaven writes it in an incredibly way that keeps you wanting more!
My only downside with ‘Parallel Lines’ was the writing style of Beaven. It may appeal to some but for me, at times, it felt like a ‘bullet-pointed’ story. That doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it though! I love how the ending is open…this doesn’t appeal to a lot of people, I know. But Beaven built Kiri’s character up so well that you just write your own ending to Kiri’s life…and it works!
For a self-published author, Beaven really has written a fantastic novel that gets you hooked and doesn’t let you go – something that some of the more successful authors out there still haven’t got the hang of!
My Rating? ♥♥♥♥
Will you be adding this to your TBR pile?