To be honest it wouldn't normally be something I would pick up, but it's an easy read, and entertaining enough for a couple of hours. The fourth volume in his series The Clifton Chronicles, this is a big, rip-roaring yarn which aspires to be an epic. The Chronicles are a Twentieth Century saga centreing on two intertwined families as they make their way through a fast changing century.
Despite not having come across the Clifton Chronicles before, it wasn't hard to pick up the general gist of the story and the dynamics and history of the protagonists and their extended, and extensive, families. Be Careful What You Wish For opens with Harry Clifton and his wife Emma rushing to hospital to learn the fate of their son Sebastian, who has been involved in a fatal car accident. A gangster with the rather florid moniker Don Pedro Martinez is apparently involved, and his criminal and underhand dealings continue to influence proceedings throughout the 1960s-set novel.
With thwarted young love, the remains of class prejudice, business wheeling and dealing, secrets and lies, and twists and turns aplenty, there is no doubting Archer's storytelling credentials. He spins quite a web, yet it all leaves me a bit cold I'm afraid. I can see the appeal of books like this and Jilly Cooper and suchlike to many, but it's really not for me. And the characterisation is clunky at best. I don't doubt it's appeal though, and those bestseller lists show me to be in a minority.
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