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When Martin Lawrence starts his journey of recovery from alcoholism he is not on his own. He has a supportive family and a team of professionals to help him. But he also has a host of painful memories, stretches of time he can remember nothing about and half a million pounds in his bank account that isn't his. As he struggles to come to terms with his past, make sense of the present and build plans for the future he collects a colourful array of friends and enemies in an adventure, told at breakneck speed, that is as heartwarming as it is disturbing.
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Apr 29, 2008"Nearly inside the Bell Jar..." ‘Hotel Veronica’ - to misappropriate a football analogy - is very much a book of two halves. The first, and stronger, half deals with the subject of alcoholism and rehab. The second, and weaker, half is a more commercial thriller/love story concerning a mysterious gift of half a million pounds and the sordid secrets of a rehab clinic. Without doubt the book is at its best when it deals with the issue of alcoholism. The writing is confident and vivid. The prose style often bears the hallmarks of literary fiction. For this reader, the opening chapters recalled Plath's ‘The Bell Jar‘, and if the book had retained this theme it would have been an outstanding piece. Where the book flags is when it takes a more commercial turn. The subplots, back-stories and tension needed to make the story engaging are underdeveloped. It is the narrator's experience of alcoholism which provides the focal point of the story. Once this takes second place to the... More > money and the clinic, the story loses its way. Consequently, the ending of the book seems contrived. What started out as an unsettling account of one person's private hell turns into a clichéd romance. Although it would have less appeal, if this book had explored the darkness of the narrator's addiction in greater detail it would have made for an engrossing read. As it is, the book shines in places and fades in others. There is a great idea here. It just needed to be explored with far more conviction.< Less
Dec 3, 2007"Hotel Veronica" A thoroughly enjoyable read. Fast moving with a few twists along the way. Stunning cover!! Just goes to show that books can be judged by their covers sometimes. A great addition to the Lulu website and any bookshelf.
Jun 1, 2007"Hotel Veronica" It started really well, I thought the depiction of alcoholism very realistic and the writing was good. I didn't think the second half as good as the first, feeling that the writer wasn't really sure where to go. The mystery of the half million pounds seemed completely unrealistic to me, as did the relationship between the main character and his girlfriend in the second part of the book. However, I'm not quite sure what I would have done to make it more credible. I thought the description of the rehab place was very believable, and believed the events that took place there. The characters were very vivid and I could picture them well, which is down to the writer's good descriptive powers. All in all, it did keep me interested enough to keep me reading quite avidly, but overall, the plot was weak. I liked the way in which it was written with good use of description, dialogue and metaphor (the latter especially good at the beginning). Characterisation was also... More > believable (with the exception mentioned above, don't want to give too much away!) P.S. With regard to the overall presentation, it's very good. A lovely cover which rather belies the content, but a nice book to have on the shelf!< Less
Mar 1, 2007"Re: Hotel Veronica" Thank you. But you're biased. It would be interesting to see a review from someone I'm not married to. David x
Feb 5, 2007"Hotel Veronica" I read Hotel Veronica during a weekend. It certainly was compelling reading, it kept me turning the pages. I thought the depiction of alcoholism was extremely thought provoking and made me think about how alcohol plays a role in our lives and the negative effects it can have. I enjoyed the story although it did seem to jump to a rapid conclusion which was sentimentally sweet. Luckily, I am the type of person who enjoys a happy ever after ending so it appealled to me. The money aspect was rather unrealistic but it did add an interesting twist to the plot and I really liked the ending, very apt to the name of the book. The cover is fabulous too. Well done, it's an amazing achievement for a first novel.
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- Standard Copyright License
- David Stone
- December 15, 2006
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.86 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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