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The Woman (Linda Darby Mystery Book 1) (English Edition) von [Bishop, David]
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There are approximately one-hundred-and-sixty million women living in America. This is a story of just one woman. As the story unfolds Linda gradually learns that some people do deserve to die, but that she is not one of those people.
Linda Darby is a seven-year divorcee, living quietly in a small let-the-world-go-by beach town on the coast of Oregon, who day trades for a living. Her only close friend is a widowed elderly woman who manages a small consulting company, which, as is later discovered, never has visitors, sends and receives its business correspondence only by courier, and is not listed in any phone directory. No one in town knows what kind of consulting the company does, but the rumor is that whatever they do is done for the government.
Linda doesn’t date local men. When her celibacy grows intolerable, she visits nearby towns to frequent the watering holes of successful men. Her motto: No relationships. No second dates. No use of her real name during one-night stands.
Then one evening, Linda goes for a walk and nothing for her is ever the same. She is dragged into an alley by two men, but saved by a third, a stranger who disappears as suddenly as he appeared. The next day she finds out the two men in the alley had been killed, the town’s first murders ever. The following day she learns that hours before she had been dragged into the alley, her close friend was tortured and killed. The next night, she awakens several hours after going to bed to find a man sitting in her bedroom, watching her.
In the days that follow, events stretching all the way to the nation’s capital change who Linda is, what she thinks, and how she will live the rest of her life.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 728 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 342 Seiten
  • Verlag: Telemachus Press, LLC (19. November 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B005VIR5IQ
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen 3 Kundenrezensionen
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I have no quibbles with this book. It's better than the title or the cover would suggest. The story is plausible but exciting and it leaves you wanting to know more about the people in it. I shall certainly look for Book 2.
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I really enjoyed this book. Suspense, drama and a hint of romance. An easy read with likable characters and a good ending. Will certainly check for other books by his author.
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...aber dann doch extrem langatmig! Das Buch hat mich nicht inspiriert, einen weiteren Bishop zu lesen. Schade, hat wirklich gut begonnen!
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HASH(0x992e3ea0) von 5 Sternen A nice mystery to pass the time 11. November 2011
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Before reading this book I had read the reviews on Amazon. 8 reviews, all positive words of encouragement and high star ratings. I felt the book was a little slow going and I had a hard time holding on for the ride. I wanted to love it, but I didn't. Usually, when I start to get bored within the first few chapters, I don't finish.

One of the reviewers on Amazon labeled this book as "scary." I would call it far from a scary horror thriller novel, but I would say it ranks within the murder mysteries. Not meant to scare you, but rather to make you think. Who did it, and why?

Like many mysteries, there are a lot of turns and twists. I enjoy a good change of scenery, but this novel had a tad too much for my liking. Characters started to melt together in a cauldron, not suitable for sipping. The turns and twists made the book heavy with story. Mysteries don't need a lot of story. They need a lot of here, now, and why. Stay with the why. Too much of the past, and you have lost your reader. You want to confuse them, but get them back on track, not stuck in the back story.

I kept reading because I loved the character, Linda Darby, and her simple life of a day trader in Sea Crest. There was also this "need-to-know" thought running through my head regarding Darby's past and why her friend Cynthia Leclair had been murdered. It helped that it was a quick read I was able to finish in two nights.

When writing a mystery, that is the authors' intentions, right? To suck you in for the long ride? The problem was, the book had a lot of boring spots that I felt could have been left out of the novel and you would still know exactly what is going on.

So what was going on in this quiet coastal town?

In the pages we follow Darby on her quest to find answers. What she gets in return is a whole lot of cash, a handful of new identities, men after her life, and perhaps in the end, a love worth holding on to.

The pace really starts to pick up around Chapter 10. Once I got that far, I felt I had really started to get in to the story and appreciate this mystery.

I believe mystery fans will enjoy this little gem.
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HASH(0x992e2294) von 5 Sternen Disappointing and greatly in need of editing 9. März 2012
Von Eileen S - Veröffentlicht auf
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Before I downloaded this book, I read several reviews. I have to say I'm disappointed in the book. Curiosity kept me going but the book didn't keep me turning pages into the night. It was curiosity that made me download it at all after reading the sample. I'm not going to give specific examples so as not to spoil anything for those who may read it but the following things bothered me the most.

While the character is slightly interesting, she's not particularly warm or likeable. Perhaps if the characters had been more fleshed out, had the author shown us instead of just briefly telling us what he wanted us to know and think, she and the other characters would have more depth and we'd care about them more. I found the characters very flat and boring and their motivation (other than hers) wasn't all that impressive. At least she was fighting for her life.

She conveniently has many of the skills needed to survive this very unbelievable ordeal (some situations were completely unbelievable) and I thought the book was too contrived. I also felt the story didn't flow smoothly or naturally. Some of the chapter changes were sometimes so abrupt I had to go back a few pages to see if I missed something.

One important thing worth mentioning - where was the editing or proofreading? On many pages there were so many ridiculous errors that had this been my first Kindle book, I'd have returned the Kindle thinking the books were really poor quality. For instance, on many pages where there should have been a quotation mark it came out as an @ symbol. There were random characters thrown in all over the place which made it look like something had been deleted but they didn't get all of it. Or maybe someone had his/her fingers on the keyboard and didn't notice the extra characters typed in. The sloppiness of the book itself made it annoying to read and the writing itself wasn't good enough for me to not notice it.

I love my Kindle but please, someone proofread things before they're released.
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HASH(0x992e7840) von 5 Sternen David Bishop's "The Woman" 24. November 2011
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David Bishop's "The Woman" gives us interesting characters and theories. We have a woman with a past, shrouded in pain and loneliness; a clandestine operative; and a business that isn't what it seems, all wrapped up in a tightly woven plot that keeps us guessing right to the end. The characters in this story are people we understand and can identify with.

Our story begins in a small town on the West Coast -- one of those towns where everyone knows you and knows your business. At least on the surface. But things are happening in this town that shouldn't be. Someone is operating an "off the books" intelligence service, a police officer knows more than he should about the newcomers to the town, and professional hit men are turning up dead. Not your average small town America.

I especially like a good conspiracy story. When you add murder, attempted murder, chase scenes and imaginative plotting that keeps me guessing I am happy. This one delivers all of that and includes a great road trip.
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HASH(0x992ea480) von 5 Sternen "THE WOMAN" (GMTA REVIEW) 28. Dezember 2011
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Format: Kindle Edition
Book Title: "The Woman"
Author: David Bishop
Published By: Telemachus Press
Age Recommended: 18 +
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
Raven Rating: 5

Review: This book was fantastic and really packed a punch. Equal parts mystery and thriller this book also shows the darker side of politics and the lengths some will go to, to insure the 'right' candidate wins. When Lisa Darby is attacked one night after a scheduled meeting with a close friend ends in a no-show, in a dark alley she meets a stranger that saves her life from men sent to kidnap her. The only clue she is left with is a message from her savior that she should refrain from calling the cops. Confused and not knowing what to do she actively begins to seek out her friend only to find that Cynthia has been 'taken care of' by a mysterious person or people.

Lisa is forced to change her way of thinking, her life and everything she is use to simply to keep herself alive from someone that wants to make sure she doesn't know his true identity. The worst part is, Lisa doesn't know anything, was never told anything and she's running for her life, relying on the safety of a stranger for reasons she can't understand.

David Bishop spins an intriguing and exciting tale, one that mystery and thriller lovers will enjoy! This book was fast-paced with non-stop action and a plot to really sink your teeth into. I would definitely recommend giving this one a read!

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HASH(0x992ea618) von 5 Sternen Highly dissapointed 3. August 2012
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The Woman -

To be honest, I have yet to finish this book. I don't know if this is the first book written by this author, and though I commend anyone with the ambition to write a book, I feel as if the author tried too hard. For example, the author used similes to describe things which I felt would have been better off without such a description.

Example: "His tattooed arms flopped like a gate with a broken hinge.", and "The taller man collapsed, a circus tent dropping to the dust of a deserted fairground ."

Really? A gate with a broken hinge hardly gives me an idea of what the man 's arms looked like when they flopped. And a tent collapsing in a deserted fairground is hardly the imagery my mind would conjure when picturing the scene. The first few chapters, as well as a kindle search of similes, turned up numerous examples such as the ones I gave. The use of similes in this way made me feel as if I were reading high school essays...where similes are a prerequisite.

I also felt as if the author put too much detail into irrelevent things as opposed to developing the main character. An entire page was devoted to the detail of two rollerbladers skating past, meanwhile, no such effort was put into attracting the reader to the main character.

While in some areas the writing had potential, other areas were so irrelevent and poorly written that I though maybe a different person was writing.

The author seemed to want to portray the main character, Linda, as attractive and sexy, yet completely throws the reader off when mentioning Linda "discarding the idea of wearing a Fanny pack because the fellas (fellas?) wouldn't find it appealing".

I had a hard time relating to the character, both as a person, and a woman.

I'm going to make a last attempt at reading this book, hoping that perhaps the story itself will be good enough to take focus off of the writing style. But its not likely I will be looking for any more books by this particular author.

* this is my very first time writing a book review. Unfortunately its only a one star review.
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