Pandora’s Poison (Hart and Cole) by Sacha T.Y. Fortune – Review by Sarah Oakes

Pandora's Poison (Hart & Cole Book 2)Pandora’s Poison by Sacha T. Y. Fortuné
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great read about moving on. Darren and his wife Luisa try to move on from the events of the last book. But it isn’t easy with threats of divorce over their heads. It gets harder when Luisa’s ex lover Gianni returns into the picture. He seems harmless enough at first, simply wanting to get to know Kady But when events escalate and past feelings rear their heads. Can their marriage survive any more troubles?
A great read. Well developed plot. Well developed characters like Luisa trying to do whats best and look after her children or Gianni standing up for himself whilst struggling with his feelings.
However I found Darren too brash to be likeable and struggled to sympathise with his situationso perhaps if this harsh exterior was reduced a little, this would help the reader engage with his character.
I loved the visual detail throughout the novel in the sense of the everyday life with the offices and schools and busy streets with a town full of life and people. Or the colourful nature of the orange umbrella against the rain written beautifully.
The switch between perspectives worked well to display both sides of events and was wel written and easy to follow with their names as headings. I also liked the use of dates and times for subtitles in chapters to show how time had passed and things had changed. Also the inclusion of texts and phone call conversations into the narrative was a brilliant addition, adding to the feel of everyday life within the novel. The only issue I would raise is that the flashbacks to meeting Nicole felt out of place and distracted from the narrative of the present situation and tere was some repetition in places. Overall, a great read and I would give it four stars.

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