Tabikat is 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.
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