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Thursday, 8 September 2016

Simon Becket - Where There’s Smoke by

review written by Brian Lowen and read live on bookshow 8th Sept 2016

Kate Powell owns a marketing agency and employs three staff.

She has just won a contract from a large firm to arrange their marketing, but she is not as happy as she should be. The reason being is that she is a single, independent person who does not want to enter into a relationship with a man but is desperate for a baby, especially as she often spends time with her friend Lucy and her happy family with young children.

She confides in Lucy that she wants a baby and is thinking of going to a clinic for artificial insemination. Lucy is horrified and points out all the problems of bringing up a baby on your own. But Kate is very strong willed and finds an agency where she can choose her donor. She prefers it this way and advertises for a suitable donor in some of the professional type magazines.

She only gets one reply to her advert and when she eventually meets this man she finds that he would be an excellent donor for her baby and so starts the ball rolling with the clinic.

Things are progressing nicely, but after several meetings with her donor she realises that she is falling in love with him. This leads to them spending a night together but then things start to go horribly wrong as she finds out that he is not the man she thought he was. 

This is an unusual subject for a story but it is dealt with very well and although, as a man, I thought this was not a book for me, I did get hooked on the story as the thriller starts to develop until finally reaching a dramatic conclusion.

A great book and a good read as have been all the other books by Simon Becket that I have read.

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