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Reviews and Eye Spy II

I  have now reached the third chapter of Eye Spy II, provisionally entitled The Haunted Priory, in which Alex and Donna go ghost-hunting, and am having great fun researching ghost-hunting techniques and stories of paranormal activity on the internet. Even Wikipedia has information on “Ghost-hunting” and “Paranormal”.You can also find plenty of photos of spectral figures on the internet – but why are so many of them ladies going up or down stairs? It all makes for fascinating reading and I can see I’m really going to enjoy writing this story!

And if you haven’t read Eye Spy yet, here’s a great review from Amazon UK to whet your appetite:

“5.0 out of 5 stars, Beautifully written children’s adventure.

I read this on the train before passing it on to my 9 year-old daughter who is half way through and really enjoying it. What seems like a simple tale becomes an unravelling of family secrets, seen from the children’s perspective. This makes for an exciting finish, but also Eye Spy is thought provoking in the way it touches on relationships between family and community. Highly recommended!”

Eye Spy has also received four stars from a reviewer on Goodreads. You can see that review here.



I’m very excited to announce two great reviews for Eye Spy:

This is what The Book Bag says about Eye Spy:  “I thoroughly enjoyed this contemporary adventure story. It combines a mystery tale – where is Kiki, the missing dog? – with a family drama of secrets and lies. The mystery thread has a touch of the Enid Blyton about it, with a brother and sister pluckily investigating what they perceive to be a crime. And the family drama is much more contemporary, inhabiting an emotional landscape that children of today will all recognise. Parents are often less than truthful with their offspring, thinking to protect them. But children know when things aren’t right. And Alex and Donna know things aren’t right.

I loved the setting in Holcombe Bay, a seaside town that seems like an amalgamation of all the British seaside resorts I know and went to as a child. You can almost hear the seagulls, taste the icecream and feel the sand on the beach beneath your feet.

The writing is accessible and straightforward with a good pace and well-chosen vocabulary. Twins Alex and Donna are as close and close can be but they’re also like chalk and cheese. Alex is reserved and cautious. Donna is outspoken and wears her heart on her sleeve. Readers will identify with and sympathise with them both. And there are some serious social issues covered gently too – I can imagine discussions about homelessness and our treatment of street people after children have read Eye Spy.

All in all, this story comes recommended by us. It’s fun, yet serious too. And it has a really good heart.”

You can read the full review here.

And I’ve received a lovely review on Amazon:

“We have a winner, folks! …. If you like stories about child P.I.s with a twist, then this is a book for you.”

You can see the review on my Amazon page.