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April 1, 2018
Tabikat by Harriet Redfern
Tabikat is the first book in the Kat’s Gift Thrillers created
the unexpected visit from a long time albeit estranged friend of James
Sampfield Peveril, the reclusive racehorse trainer and squire of Sampfield
Grange, provokes the curiosity of the members of his household staff, the
arrival of Isabella Hall as a temporary replacement office manager throws them
in a state of suppressed agitation. Apparently, the presence of the ‘outsider’
has an unwelcome effect on each of them, probably for his or her own reason.
to the staff, James Sampfield Peveril (known as Sam to his fellow trainers)
himself is kept in the dark about the story behind his mysterious temporary
employee. Sam is normally reserved and indifferent about the personal lives of
the people under his employ. However, an intriguing account by his cousin
piques his interest and makes him conclude that there is more to Isabella than
a woman in need of a job. As if the situation isn’t perplexing enough, Sam
receives a request to train Tabikat, a talented racehorse with
elusive owners and mysterious bloodline.
a steady pacing and solid main plot, this is a suspenseful and exciting novel
basically about a fight for justice against a crime family. Aside from the main
plot, the author introduces other subplots and expertly puts them together in
one satisfying climax. Moreover, characters are supplied with ample backstories
that it is easy to visualize them as real people with dreams, priorities,
weaknesses and flaws. Furthermore, unlike other books in a series with
cliffhanger endings and cases unresolved, this book ends satisfactorily enough.
the multiple subplots as well as the multitude of characters may be too
confusing to other readers. Moreover, though I appreciate the backstories, I
find them too detailed and a little overdone.
I enjoyed this book a lot and I am looking forward to reading the next book in
the series. I recommend it to fans of crime, thriller and mystery. Violent and
sex scenes, however, may not be suitable for young readers.
to Harriet Redfern on such a great and enjoyable book! For the
next book in the series, check out Katseye.