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Country's future elite and finds a close knit community full of secrets jealousy and obsessionHer search reveals a vicious online trolling culture but could Emily from the privileged and popular c. I know this book has been out a while now and I am trying to go backwards in my line of read to reviews This is a great debut novel I notice a lot of debut novels that are coming out recently have been of a high standard and have really captured my attention this one being of the same mind Its hauntingEmily the girl who was murdered is a very complicated girl I found her character very interestingThe Investigation into her death and the minds of those surrounding it were awesomeA little about the detective would be have been good a bit surrounding him But this just a minor thing for me doesn t spoil the book just something I would prefer personallyMy thanks to Penguin UK Michael Joseph via Net Galley for my copy

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Bitter Fruits DI Erica Martin #1

Detective Inspector Erica Martin's first case in the university city of Durham is Emily Brabents a first year student who is found dead in the riverDI Martin visits Joyce College a cradle for the. Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with an ARC in return for an honest reviewThis is a really awkward review to write and one that I ve had to think carefully about mainly because the ARC I received was in dire need of editing for style and language and I don t mean proofreading there weren t typos it was just badly written So how should I review it Should I just review the copy I was given or should I try and see through the bad writing and assume that that will be ironed out in the published copy The edits reuired are I think substantial and it would essentially need re drafting To make writing a review even difficult there is a bold lettered statement at the beginning of all ARCs stating that I can t uote the book because it s subject to change which is absolutely fair enough I ll struggle to accurately illustrate why I didn t like this book without using direct uotes but here goesThe premise of this book was great The corpse of Emily Brabents a first year student at Durham University is found floating in a weir on a summer morning in Durham It soon becomes apparent that the death wasn t accidental and that she was brutally strangled Enter DI Erica Martin who is tasked with finding the killer As she digs deeper into the life of the university and its students Erica uncovers a subculture of slut shaming cyberbullying and abuse All fascinating and important topics and an interesting hook for a crime thriller Unfortunately this book was let down by really amateurish writingI m not generally a pedantic reader I can handle a few badly structured sentences or misjudged metaphors as long as I m invested enough in the plot and characters to keep reading case in point I LOVED the two Robert Galbraith books and there were than a few examples of iffy writing in those But with this book I found the writing so problematic all the way through that I just couldn t get past it to the plot It s worth mentioning that the book was structured with chapters set in the present describing Erica s progress on the investigation alternating with chapters set in the past and told from the perspective of one of Emily s friends and the latter are significantly better written that the former The problems I had with the book were manifold but included Completely incorrect words being used seemingly in an attempt to sound artisticintelligent For example we have a young man looking ahead to his tedious life and dreading infinitesimal cups of tea What s wrong with tiny microscopic cups of tea Why would you use infinitesimal rather than infinite anyway Because it s longer As stated before I don t know whether this will be sorted out before the final copy is published in two weeks but one would sincerely hope so Long words that kind of make sense being used for no reason Like the track that circumnavigated the sports field I don t think that this is strictly the right use of circumnavigate but let s offer some creative license Even then it s just annoying that when long words are being used that don t add anything Around would do fine We also have someone who has just been informed of a gruesome murder and who is presumably in a state of shock being described as being in a reverie Reverie means being lost in pleasant thoughts not being unable to speak due to shock Absent commas that made me have to re read a sentence a few times to work out what was being said As above hopefully this will be ironed out in the final copy Silly and annoying ways of describing dialogue eg Blah blah UESTIONED Martin or even worse UERIED Martin Just use asked Creative writing instructors tell people to use said or asked for good reason and you only realise what that reason is until you read something written by someone who either didn t get that memo or ignored it Badly structured sentences that didn t make sense Just one example one of the characters is musing about the dangers of a group of physics students who had designed their own rockets He decides that a bunch of geeks shouldn t be in charge of setting off explosives in a public place that they themselves had designed sorry are they physicists or town planners Which EVERYWHERE Why not give that a go every once in a while Sooooo many redundant words Sentences that could easily be tightened up These are just a few examples The overall effect was that no matter how much I tried to immerse myself in the plot and characters I just couldn tAnother MAJOR issue for me was that this is a book about cyberbullying on sites such as Twitter and Facebook which appears to have been written by a person who has never used either Eg after the victim is found dead DI Martin goes online to look at her Facebook profile One of the most recent posts on her wall is a picture of herself performing a sex act or having sex I m not entirely sure and underneath the photo are a range of slut shaming comments from trolls Supposedly the photo had been posted months before she died Later in the flashback chapters the victim is asked why she couldn t just delete the photo And she says that she can t access it apart from to comment on it because she has been fraped My jaw actually dropped at the amateurishness of this a fraping is when someone accesses your account as you and posts something as you to embarass you It s gone hugely out of fashion nowadays but I have seen some genuinely funny frapes in my time eg people whose profiles had been changed into shrines to the 1980s band Toto or someone who logged in and found that they had 100 new friends all with the same surname as them If she was indeed fraped then the photos would have been uploaded onto her own account and she could delete them straight away b If someone else had uploaded the photo of her it wouldn t appear on her wall unless she was tagged in it in which case she could just de tag it and report it to Facebook Facebook despite their many flaws are always uick to respond to reuests to take explicit photos down I once had a photo of a friend taken down because it was of him putting his finger through his fly and pretending it was his willy sophisticated eh and I was banned from posting photos for a week c If she had been fraped and then locked out of her account then she would have been able to report this to Facebook because the account would have been linked to her email addressd the comments on the photos were all posted from fake profiles with names like Princess87 Seriously Has this author literally never been on Facebook I m not even going to get in to how wrong that is Anyone who s ever been on Facebook will instantly see why that s stupidI think it s fine for authors to write on topics that they re not intimately familiar with but do a bit of research first It s not like it would be particularly onerous to set up a Facebook profileGosh this is turning into of a rant than I thought it would be Right what else The characters were predominantly one dimensional mainly because of the way they spoke I don t think many of them would have passed the Turing test The dialogue was very cliched I found it aggravating that the main character was constantly referred to as Martin even in the context of her interacting with her mother or her husband they didn t actually call her Martin to be fair but that s how she was referred to I don t know if this is meant to be some kind of statement about gender Martin being a male name and all but it just didn t work for me It s not the 1950s any while police officers might be referred to by their surname sometimes it doesn t happen all of the time Also slightly random point but one that I ve only just realised the title has NOTHING to do with the book I don t know where it even came from It s a good title though and it s got a nice cover so whatever So the uestion remaining is why two stars and not one The answer to that is mainly to do with the fact that this was an ARC If this was the final version then I would have given it one star But I feel that I should give the editors the benefit of the doubt and assume that what I read is not what will hit bookshelves in a few weeks time But at the same time if this book was edited into a three or a four star book the changes reuired would be so substantial that it would be a fundamentally different book to the one I just read Also I did read the entire book The plot wasn t groundbreaking but taken in isolation it was OK I DNF d two books within the last six weeks but Bitter Fruits made it onto my Read shelf and that has to count for somethingI ll look forward to checking back on the reviews of this book in six months or so to see whether people who read the published copy have similar things to say about the writing style I d like to know by how much the ARC I was given differs from the published version

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Rowd have been a victim Should the sudden confession to the murder by the student president be believed And just who is the mysterious Daniel Shepherd whose name keeps appearing in the investigati. Pretty much what you expect of a police proceduralmurder mystery but with a few ualities that I felt really lifted it up a notch or two First off the writing is good and so is the story Just the right amount of suspension of disbelief is needed to accept the happenings but still get a surprise or two The characters are good too the pain and confusion of the college kids trying to find their place and role makes for engaging reading Best is however DI Erica Martin herself and oddly enough on account of being uite normal and uite discreet I found it a great relief to find a heroine that did not fall into any of the uirky anti social self destructive ridiculously beautiful overbearingly righteous anarchistic unfairly treated overly sexual action sport adrenaline junky or any combination of the above category I m looking forward to finding out were she goes in the next in the series


10 thoughts on “Bitter Fruits DI Erica Martin #1

  1. says:

    Bitter Fruits is an impressive debut novel which is both police procedural and part psychological thriller and proves gripping eeri

  2. says:

    Bitter Fruits was a really beautifully written novel haunting atmospheric very lyrical in places and a heady mix of police procedural and psychological thriller one woven into the other in an intelligent and really engaging style th

  3. says:

    Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with an ARC in return for an honest reviewThis is a really awkward review to write and one that I've had to think carefully about mainly because the ARC I received was in dire need of editing for style and language and I don't mean proofreading there weren't typos it was just badly written So how should I review it? Should I just review the copy I was give

  4. says:

    I know this book has been out a while now and I am trying to go backwards in my line of read to reviews This is a great debut novel I notice a lot of debut novels that are coming out recently have been of a high standard and have really captured my attention this one being of the same mind Its hauntingEmily the

  5. says:

    In this refreshingly smart and thought provoking crime thriller DI Erica Martin investigates the pernicious culture of cyber bullying that dominates the lives of students at Durham University The murder of a Fresher is Martin's first case after arriving in the city Martin herself soon comes under the scrutiny of

  6. says:

    As you drive into the city the view of Durham Cathedral above the river is an absolute knock out I so wish I could contrive a reason to return Failing that I’ve done the next best enjoyed a murder mystery set in the university With its different narrators dialects this was a perfect Audible book for car foot elliptical machine unstoppable t

  7. says:

    Pretty much what you expect of a police proceduralmurder mystery but with a few ualities that I felt really lifted it up a notch or two First off the writing is good and so is the story Just the right amount of suspension

  8. says:

    First class thriller and an excellent debut by someone who can best be described as a beautiful technically gifted writer The characterisation is sophisticated and entirely believable The story is on point and the writing style and use of language is second to noneWell done Clark Platts on a stunning first novel Bring on the next one

  9. says:

    I was fortunate n getting my copy from Real Readers before publication for an honest reviewDetective Inspector Martin had just joined the Durham police force and straight away had a murder to deal with Emily Brabens is found dead in the weir a

  10. says:

    Bitter Fruits Alice Clark PlattsI love debut novels They are such a lottery They can be dire and finishing them can feel like wading through treacle They can be okay and you sense some promise and defer ultimate judgement until the next one Or they can completely blow you awayI couldn't put this book down and I mean that literally Everythi

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