Love is a riddle waiting to be solved...
Clued-up career girl Cassy Brookes has life under control until one disastrous morning changes everything. When she finds herself stuck in a doctor s surgery, a cryptic message left in a crossword magazine sends her on a search to find the mysterious puzzle-man behind it.
Cassy is soon torn between tracking down her elusive dream guy, and outwitting her nightmare workmate, the devious Martin. Facing a puzzling love-life, will she ever be able to fit the pieces together and discover the truth behind this enigmatic man?
Puzzle Girl by Rachael Featherstone was published in paperback by Accent Press on 16 March 2017 and is the author's debut novel.
I'd guess that as a fifty-year-old married woman, I'm not really the target market for Puzzle Girl. It's been a while since I read about twenty-somethings looking for the ideal man whilst aiming for the top of the career ladder. However, Puzzle Girl is such a refreshing read and I enjoyed it very much. It was the perfect medicine after a particularly busy week at work.
Cassy is an interesting character, she has a touch of Bridget Jones about her, certainly the annoying parts that drove most of us mad, and especially the endearing, lovable traits that made us all forgive Bridget anything. The reader is introduced to her on what is potentially a very big night for Cassy, she's attending a dinner with sought-after clients. If this goes well, then it will be the big break that she's worked for, it could open the doors to much bigger and better things. The one fly in the ointment is Martin; her colleague. He wants to get to the top just as much as Cassy does, and it seems that he will stoop to anything to get there.
The night does not end well. Cassy receives shocking and heart-breaking news just as dinner is about to be served. A few weeks later, when Cassy is given the opportunity to redeem herself, everything goes pear-shaped once again. She finds herself in the waiting-room of a NHS walk-in centre, waiting to see a doctor, with a suspected sprained ankle.
That visit to the walk-in centre is the real beginning of Cassy's story. When she discovers a half-completed puzzle in the waiting room, she becomes determined to track down the guy who filled out the answers; her 'puzzle man'.
Rachael Featherstone writes with wit and lots of humour. Cassy is infuriating, embarrassing, she over reacts, she's quite self-centred, but she provides great entertainment. Puzzle Girl is escapism at its best, it is fast-paced, packed with an assortment of well crafted characters who are vibrant and colourful.
An enjoyable, fun story that is well written and put a smile on my face.
About the Author ~ taken from www.writerachael.com
Born and raised in London, in 2013, we decided it was time for some country air and now live in Hampshire with my husband.
My path of writing has been a little unorthodox. Anthony Horowitz and J K Rowling saved my childhood as they taught me to love books. Nevertheless, I went on to read Mathematics at Oxford University, New College. I think the universe was trying to tell me something when I received my highest mark for a mathematical essay. Not that I paid much attention. After graduating I spent the next three years working in London.
When my mum was diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer in 2012, I decided it was time to listen to the universe. It felt like the right time to make writing more than just a dream.
I am represented by literary agent, David Headley, MD at D.H.H Literary Agency and Goldsboro Books.
I have also completed a Masters in English Literature with Creative Writing modules at Surrey University in 2015, just to make sure my mind is properly adapted from numbers to letters!
My debut novel Puzzle Girl is out 16 March 2017.
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