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‘The Safety Expert’ by Doug Richardson


Tick. Tick. Tick

“So there it is. I’ve made my confession. It’s off my back. And now it’s on yours.”

Old man Pratt shut his mouth and sucked back some fresh O2.

Tick. Tick. Tick.

The oxygen meter continued. It sounded every bit like a death clock, counting down to his very last moments on earth.

“I don’t care what you think about me, who I am or what I done. I said what I said for me ‘n’ me alone. You understand?”

Tick. Tick. Tick.


Is  old man Pratt dying from an illness, or from an injury which someone has inflicted on him?

What is it that he felt he had to confess?

What is so bad about the confession that he feels that he has to place the burden on someone else, rather than let the secret die with him?

I can almost already imagine myself in that sick-room, listening to the monitors and machines beating out their endless rhythms to sustain life, although in this case, I am not too sure that the outcome is going to be all that good, for either the patient, or for the poor hapless soul who now carries the burden of the recently imparted confession … I’m hooked already.

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This thriller fiction book, was gifted as an author request for me to read and leave my comments about and as such was free of charge.

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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  • The opening lines do raise a lot of questions and make me want to know what he confessed. I wonder how much of a burden the confession will be to the one who heard it. Very intriguing.

    • Hi there and thanks for stopping by today, I appreciate it.

      I have the extra bonus of the full synopsis of course and without giving too much away, I can safely say that this confession is going to have some far-reaching and dangerous consequences for everyone concerned.

      Have a great weekend

    • Hi Juli,

      Thanks for the visit and for leaving your comments, which I always look forward to and value.

      I haven’t actually started reading this book yet, but I do think that Pratt is definitely not a very nice character and his confession is about to cause big trouble for someone!

      Have a lovely time on your trip and speak to you again in 2012

    • Hi Laurel-Rain,

      Nice to talk to you again and thanks for the comments.

      The synopsis doesn’t really say whether the main protagonist is actually the person listening to the confession, or whether that person is another third party, which I suspect is probably the case.

      I haven’t actually started on the book yet, so I shall be intrigued to find out, as the main protagonist does sound as if he has a very hard time is heading his way!!

      I hope that you have a good weekend

    • Hi Jo,

      I always like lots of relevant linkage when I am reading a post, as it gives me the opportunity to fill in as much, or indeed as little background as I want to.

      I am always in a bit of a quandry when using links though. Some bloggers insert the links into the post in the relevant places, which is what I tend to do, whilst others make a list of all the associated linkage at the bottom of the post, so that you can read the post uninterrupted and than just research the extra information at the end.

      I guess there is no right or wrong way, but I am never sure which way looks neatest and is easiest for the reader to negotiate?

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the conversation on a slightly different direction, I love the diversity of so many opinions.

      Have a great weekend

    • Hi Violet,

      Good to hear from you and I hope that you are well.

      I have been quite busy with author reviews just lately and have got a little behind with them, but this is the next one on the list and I can’t wait to get stuck into it.

      The synopsis and those first lines have already got me wanting to know more and with my last couple of books having been ‘nice reads’, I am probably about ready for something a little more ‘gutsy’.

      Enjoy the rest of your week and enjoy a great holiday weekend, even though I guess you don’t celebrate Christmas as such.

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