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Chance, a Chinese man, intends to marry Catherine, a British woman. The couple live in London, and while Chance is able to meet most of Catherine's family, save for her deceased parents, Catherine is only able to meet Chance's stepmom and his cousin, An. The couple decides to go to China for the summer as part of their honeymoon, and Catherine is excited.
At Catherine and Chance's wedding, An tells Catherine that Chance's birth mother will like to see him, but Chance wants nothing to do with her. Catherine asks her to leave it to her. There appear to be a lot of untold secrets and mysteries lying in China, and the trip to China holds more than a simple honeymoon for the couple. Follow Catherine and Chance as they learn more about themselves and solve buried mysteries.
All Body Bags and No Knickers by Shawe Ruckus is a thrilling read. The book captivates the reader right from the prologue, where an envelope containing a stack of slips is handed over to a man by a nurse. From there, we begin to wonder what the significance of the contents of the envelope is and who the man in question is. The book was laced with mystery, as several questions that readers begin to find answers to as they read are raised throughout the book. The author made use of flashbacks in the book. Initially, I thought two different stories were being told, but at the end, I loved how the author traced the connection between the past and the present. I loved how my suspicions were proved wrong at every turn; this displayed the author's skill.
I must, however, note an aspect of the book that I did not appreciate. When I selected the book, it was listed as a book comprising crime, thriller, mystery, and horror. As noted earlier, the book did contain mysteries. However, I felt that it could have been better executed. The book appeared to be more of an educational read, as it was filled with conversations from which people could learn a lot about different countries and languages, with Chinese and Korean being prominent. I was left confused initially as I did not understand the flashbacks, and I got a little frustrated as most of the actual thrill began almost halfway through the book. I found several parts of the book irrelevant; the book could have been well written without them.
All Body Bags and No Knickers receives a rating of four out of five stars from me. I deducted a star because of the negative aspect stated above. However, I did not deduct any other stars because the author's characterization was top-notch, the book was professionally edited, and I found traces of humour throughout the book. I recommend this book to readers who love mystery books.
All Body Bags and No Knickers
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