TITLE: BESIDE THE ROSE PETAL BEACH
AUTHOR: DOROTHY KOOMSON
GENRE: CRIME FICTION
COVER TYPE: E BOOK
This was downloaded as a free e-book via the second link above.
BLURB FROM THE COVER
Beside The Rose Petal Beach is an ebook accompaniment to Dorothy Koomson’s bestselling novel The Rose Petal Beach, which has been shortlisted for a National Book Award 2012. In The Rose Petal Beach Tami Challey’s husband, Scott, is arrested for a terrible crime in front of her and their two children. When Tami finds out whom Scott’s accuser is, we can only watch as her whole life starts to fall apart. We see many of the events of The Rose Petal Beach through Tami’s eyes, but Beside The Rose Petal Beach will give you another perspective on the story. You’ll see how one of the minor – but important – characters in the book experiences some of the key scenes… And how he is slowly being changed by spending time with the Tami and the others. You don’t need to have already read The Rose Petal Beach to enjoy Beside The Rose Petal Beach, but if you have, it’ll hopefully add another dimension to your understanding of the book.
THE OPENING LINE
‘What are you doing here?’ he asks, leading the way down the narrow, carpeted corridor to the kitchen.
Beside The Rose Petal Beach is an ebook accompaniment to Koomson’s novel The Rose Petal Beach I recently read and reviewed. I downloaded the ebook a while ago and decided it would be a good time to read it since I’d recently read The Rose Petal Beach. Koomson’s gives us some chat about creating the ebook because she wanted to explore one of the secondary characters more fully, a 17 page story featuring this character and the first two chapters of The Rose Petal Beach.
I like it when author’s give little insights into their work, the writing process and their inspiration. I find it fascinating. I love On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King for this reason. I like the first few pages when Koomson discusses writing and publishing The Rose Petal Beach and her reasons for writing Beside The Rose Petal Beach.
Beside The Rose Petal Beach itself was a bit of a disappointment. It’s only 17 pages long and features Wade, one of the police officers from The Rose Petal Beach who arrests Scott in the opening chapter and is involved in the subsequent murder investigation. Wade reveals to his sister that he’s fallen in love with Tamia. This could easily have been a chapter from The Rose Petal Beach. I don’t quite think Koomson really gives us the perspective of a secondary character or a different slant on the novel. I expected something with a bit more weight.
Koomson includes the first two chapters of The Rose Petal Beach. This is sort of wasted because I recently read the full novel. It would have been better if Wade’s story had been a bit longer.
Beside The Rose Petal Beach feels like a bit of a con and the advertising implies the reader is getting a lot more. A free ebook accompaniment sounds a bit weightier than an additional chapter and a free sample of The Rose Petal Beach. On a plus side it was free.