When a bomb goes off in the West End, Home Secretary Victoria Osborne has a desperate sense of having failed to protect the public. A young Muslim reporter. Ahmed Khan, also has a deep-seated sense of anger and responsibility. He persuades his editor to let him go back amongst childhood friends in Leeds to try to find information. When Ahmed meets Victoria's daughter, NattWhen a bomb goes off in the West End, Home Secretary Victoria Osborne has a desperate sense of having failed to protect the public. A young Muslim reporter. Ahmed Khan, also has a deep-seated sense of anger and responsibility. He persuades his editor to let him go back amongst childhood friends in Leeds to try to find information. When Ahmed meets Victoria's daughter, Nattie, he cannot get her out of his mind. As he turns over stones in his hometown, his involvement with Nattie has everyone alarmed. He continues to see her and keep in touch with a group of potential terrorists. Knowing something catastrophic is being planned, Ahmed fears for Nattie's safety and becomes obsessively determined to thwart it......
|Title||:||A Matter of Loyalty|
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A Matter of Loyalty Reviews
It started out as a fairly promising escapist read, ideal for the end-of-year holiday period which was when I was reading it: topical subject and an author who, by virtue of her husband (a former leader of the Conservative Party), was surely in the know about the political setting. However it quickly degenerated. A thin plot served merely as a sketchy backdrop to the romance element which was played out in a gushing Mills and Boon manner with mawkish and unnatural dialogue. The young 'heroine' was portrayed as so immature it almost felt as if the sexual relationship was one of paedophilia. Disappointing.
Initially this appealed to me, as it focused on a female Home Secretary, Victoria. So, given Sandra Howard's role as the wife of a former Tory leader, I was expecting to get an insight into the realms of government. The background is one of threats of terrorism which are disturbingly conveyed. However when Victoria's daughter Natalie falls in love with a Pakistani journalist Ahmed (whose boss happens to be Victoria's husband), loyalties become strained. I liked Ahmed and the scenes where he all too easily infiltrates a terrorist are frightening in their implications, but then I got bored with it all and the book failed to hold my attention. The final scenes were too drawn out for me, though presumably meant to rack up tension.
Started out reasonably promising but quickly turned into clichéd middle class drivel. Full hackneyed stereotypical views of "grim up north" Yorkshire with every white male being an overt racist and every Asian being a terrorist. I'd give it a miss if I was you.
This had the potential to be really good and ended up being quite good. The story and the characters didn't develop as deeply as I thought they might. Having said that, it was an enjoyable read with some tense parts to it.
Reading this for the Book Club. Nothing special so far.