April 6, 2018

Katseye by Harriet Redfern

Katseye is the second book in the Kat’s Gift Thrillers by Harriet Redfern.

Once again, the members of the household staff of Sampfield Manor are gripped with subdued apprehension by the imminent arrival of racehorse trainer Squire James Sampfield Peveril’s distant cousin from Australia. The members’ misgivings, however, dim in comparison with how superstar jockey Merlin ap Rhys feels from the constant arrival of lurid images on his mobile phone. Seemingly, someone is trying to blackmail the popular and confident jockey by sending incriminating videos and still images that might ruin his relationship with his girlfriend. In his attempt to get to the bottom of the convoluted affair, Merlin finds himself accused of murder.

Meanwhile, Sam receives an unexpected call from the importunate owner of ‘no less than’ Katseye, Tabikat’s half-brother. The star Irish racehorse is soon to be the property of Italian aircraft manufacturer Arturo Ardizzone whose face is known to Sam from the news concerning a terrible crash of one of Ardizzone’s advanced aircraft.

As suspenseful as Tabikat, the first book in the series, Katseye is just as intriguing. Unlike the first book which focuses on the ins and outs of horseracing, however, this book depicts the wonder of modern technology and computer software and the potential catastrophe it may bring to the life of a person or to an institution when used by devious, wrathful and vengeful individuals.

Readers familiar with the author’s style may recognize the multiple and seemingly unrelated subplots would surely anticipate how she would unravel the story, identify the victim at the beginning of the book and solve the mystery in an exciting denouement.

Other readers may or may not agree with me but I genuinely love the romance part of the book. It is unpretentious, unforced and matured, showing the potential for a great love story.

However, some aviation jargon, though necessary in this book, may be confusing for some readers. Moreover, there are noticeable errors, mostly typos, within the entire book (like your hardly need my permission and Caldesi instead of Caladesi). Though they do not detract much from the overall reading experience, they are flaws nonetheless.

Congratulations to Harriet Redfern on yet another great and exciting book!

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