The Naked Room by Diana HockleyThe Naked Room by Diana Hockley

The Naked Room

byDiana Hockley

Paperback | November 17, 2010

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When classical pianist Ally Carpenter goes missing during a night out with friends, the implicationsstretch far beyond her disappearance. Veteran detective, Senior Sergeant Susan Prescott, believesthat sexual predators may have abducted Ally. However, after two women with connections to the Carpenters are murdered, she realises there may be more to the crime than at first thought. While Prescott puts all her efforts into solving the crime, those close to Ally battle their own turmoil. Friendships become strained and secrets come to light as Ally's terrified mother, Eloise, is forced to confront the lie she has perpetuated for 26 years. Cellist, Briece Mochrie determined to discover what has happened to the girl he loves is swept into a dangerous undertow of murder and revenge.The kidnappers have their own agenda;Ally's life is on the line.
Title:The Naked RoomFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 5 × 8 × 0.82 inPublished:November 17, 2010Publisher:Publicious Self-PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0977587061

ISBN - 13:9780977587063

Appropriate for ages: 14 - 14

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Enough * I received a copy of this title in exchange for a fair and honest review When critically acclaimed pianist, Ally Carpenter, goes missing. Her family and colleagues fear the worst. For Senior Sergeant Susan Prescott it is a race against time to figure out who took Ally and why ... before it is too late. Once I adjusted to Hockley's writing style, I found that this was a good book; complete with a suspenseful and original plot. At the beginning however I found the alternating viewpoints to be disorienting; at times I suspect that aspects of the story got muddied and/or lost with the frequent transitioning. With regards to the characters, I really believe that Susan Prescott should have had more of a center stage role. Despite the fact that she plays a major position in the novel, she felt more like a supporting character to me. Additionally, she was not entirely a likable character; she came across as a touch vengeful and quick to judge at certain points. Furthermore, I can say that there was not a single character I really connected with; more development was required in this respect. On the positive side however, the plot was ultimately interesting enough for me to keep turning pages; it was a creative and clever story that had a fast paced and thrilling ending. Diana Hockley had me guessing to the very end; which is always satisfying with a mystery novel. Ultimately, I was not as taken with this book as I had hoped. It was not a 'bad' book by any means, particularly for an author's first novel but I felt that this book did not live up to its full potential. Overall, this was a decent read. I will probably check out the other books in this series after I thin out my 'to-read' list a little bit. I would also recommend that fans of Aussie crime give this book a chance. My Rating: 3 out of 5
Date published: 2015-09-12