Book Review: Collusion And Equity (Collusion, Equity And Revelation) by Julie Perry
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Julie Perryabout this book: Collusion And Equity, the first book, is centred around Danielle, whose great grandfather at the beginning of the twentieth century won some prime land in New York from an American who suffered from schizophrenia. How could one poker game cause such dire consequences and ramifications for future generations? Her roller coaster of a journey starts in present day New York and goes back in time to Danielle's childhood in rural England in the late 1970's. It is not until she is older that the revelations begin to unfold. Her adult years are in stark contrast to her formative ones which were happy even though she lost her mother at such a young age. Nothing could have prepared her for all the lies and deceit. Who can she trust? Who else must she lose before the truth is revealed? Will Danielle survive and find true love? Will she be able to carry on with her inheritance, Vincent Construction or will she too be murdered like so many before her? The book ends leaving the reader with so many questions and that is why you must read Collusion and Revelation where all is revealed.
I started writing this book after the idea popped into my head driving to work one day. It is a simple as that. You might say the story almost wrote itself. I initially wrote a skeletonised version and then went back to fill in the detail. It wasn't until I started talking to my sister about the story that she encouraged me to start writing.
I suppose the primary readers of my book are probably going to be women who like a good romantic thriller with lots of twists and turns. Collusion and Equity is the foundation of the story and Collusion and Revelation ties up all the loose ends with some surprises thrown in for good measure. There is a lot of romance and heartache in both books especially for the heroine. My husband thought it was going to be a typical girlie book (his words not mine), however he was surprised at how sinister and intricate the story becomes with each flick of the page, leaving the reader wanting more.
I wrote both books one after the other because they tied in with each other so I suppose it took me ten years to write both books. I don't write full time, I squeeze it in between working and running a home. I am not one of these people who write thousands of words a day because I find that impossible. I may write a couple of pages a day, sometimes a week, depending on my mood and my other commitments. We all experience writers' block at sometime especially when the ironing beckons.
The title involves poker expressions which I thought were quite apt as the story revolves around the ramifications of one poker game. I could have called it Poker Face but there were so many books with that title already, so I opted for something more exclusive.
After a lot of deliberation I wanted the cover to depict a card game but not to completely dominate a prospective buyer's anticipation of the story. For instance I didn't want them to think that it was all about playing poker because it isn't. The main character is Danielle, haunted by one poker game hence the picture of a woman and a royal flush.
The hardest part of writing this book was making sure that all the twists and turns are believable and that you don't forget what has happened previously. Several of my friends have read it and were amazed at how the plot manifests itself but you aren't really aware of that fact until you read the second book and then you realise the significance of some of the detail you have previously read.
I researched certain medical conditions, drugs and the effects on the body. I also read about mental and physical abuse and also the scars of having a potentially life threatening illness. Cancer is something that I am familiar with having lost several family members to this horrible disease. I understand that if you survive, especially a woman with breast cancer, how it can scar you not just physically but mentally too.
I would hope that anyone who reads my first book will love it enough to read the second. There are a lot of characters and you have to think about what you are reading. One of my friends likes detective novels and she said it had her on the edge of her seat because you don't know what is coming next. In other words it is not predictable. She thoroughly enjoyed the second book because it ties everything together but you have to read the first book to enjoy that aspect.
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A jolly good read that will keep you turning the pagesAn engrossing read with a good mix of romance, conspiracy, deceit and intrigue plus every emotion from friendship, love and passion to grief. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep your interest. The story is well written and the characters believable. From the first page, you become absorbed with Danielle, the main character, through a modern day family saga that is set in the UK, America and France. I was left wanting more after reading Collusion & Equity and was delighted when I read the sequel. I would most definitely recommend these books and hope there is more to come from this author in the future. Hope everyone enjoys them as much as I did. [by Sharon]
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