Monday, December 9, 2013

Green Fire by Anne Maybury

 Green Fire

2 1/2 Stars out of 5

Anne Anne Anne, WHAT am I going to do with you? This story had SO much potential. *sigh*

In a nutshell, a young woman in a troubled relationship (her fiance has gone off the deep end) goes to Hong Kong to visit her brother who is in government service there. It seems as good a good place as any to just chill for a couple of months while she gets over her crushed feelings and contemplates her future.

On the flight over, she strikes up a conversation with a pretty young woman who is to meet her fiance in Hong Kong; however when the fiance fails to show up at the airport our heroine takes Marcia under her wing. Tsk Tsk Tsk. Be wary of strangers, my friend...the baggage this woman carries with her will embroil everyone she knows in danger and intrigue. Oh! don't I make it sound EXCITING?

What follows is a series of threatening phone calls, notes and meetings on strange streets. Someone thinks our heroine has what is called "green fire" and will stop at nothing to get it from her. Amidst these goings on there is an old love interest and jealousy and suspicion. And then it all went flaaaaaaaaat.

Maybe I'm a little harsh. But you see I got my hopes up when I read it was set in Hong Kong and I thought I would get a culturally exotic experience, but aside from the odd cricket peddlar the story could have been set in New York for all the moody atmosphere we got. Most of the book's scenes take place in a living room or balcony while the characters sit around wringing their hands and sipping cocktails.

And I'm surprised at this. If Anne Maybury is excels at anything it's setting the scene. But I'm wondering if she never went to China and thus couldn't really get into it.Such a shame... 


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