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April 1, 2018
Tabikat by Harriet Redfern
Tabikatis the first book in the Kat’s Gift
Thrillers created by Harriet Redfern.
If 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.
Unbeknownst 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.
With 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.
However, 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.
Still, 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.
Congratulations to Harriet
Redfern on such a great and enjoyable book! For the next book in the
series, check out Katseye.