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Monday, April 28, 2014
Book Review : ‘Be Careful What You Wish For’ by Jeffrey Archer
The twisted tale of the Cliftons and the Barringtons finds something of an end in this part, but still there never is an end to Emma's or later Sebastian's lives.
back, Lord Archer, was all I wanted to say at the end of reading the fourth instalment of the Clifton Chronicles. I had read the whole series, until now and I cannot remember how many people I have said this to... 'It should have finished in the first part itself.' I felt that over and over again; even through the third part of the series.
Archer comes back into his element with this one. Let’s see how…
‘Be Careful What You Wish For’, seems the appropriate
title for this one. I got back from a holiday, and I opened this book, a few
days after I received it. I was not concerned about the suspense frankly,
because I was not expecting too much.
So, I opened it, to note that it began from where
it had left off. Harry Clifton, who is on his book tour, receives a call from
his wife, Emma. She tells him of an accident that took place that killed his
son. So, he takes off from New York to London. Emma goes through hours of grief
and suspense before she reaches the hospital.
She is quick to discover that Sebastian is alive
but it was Bruno Martinez, his best friend who met with his death, much to the
chagrin of his father Pedro Martinez. Pedro is quick to assign blame and with
his devious plans wants to wipe out the Cliftons and Barringtons, as he was
originally planning to do so, in the earlier part.
But, the thorn in his plan is the British government,
and the latest friend of Sebastian’s, Cedric Hardcastle, chairman of the
Farthings Bank. Barrington’s shipping company, which is now being run by Ross
Buchanan as its chairman, finds itself in trouble with the arrival of Martinez’s
puppet, Major Alex Fisher. Fisher who is now on the board of directors is
gunning for the chairman’s position, when Buchanan has to quit it, due to
financial reasons caused to the company by Martinez.
But, unfortunately for Fisher, Emma takes over thanks
to the votes coming her way and she takes centre stage both on the personal and
professional fronts. Meanwhile, Seb who will not be left behind starts working
at the Farthings Bank and find himself in a wonderful position. With Hardcastle’s
help, he manages to push forward the Barrington Shipping Company and sees them
through their troubles.
We must not miss Emma’s brother, Sir Giles and his ambitions
for the Labour Party. His story takes an unfortunate twist too, with the whole
Martinez plan. Also, in the plan is Jessica, who is the adopted child of Harry
and Emma’s. (Jessica, if you, remember right was Hugo Barrington’s illegitimate
child.) Jessica is a terrific artist and was set to marry Clive Bingham, before
a few unfortunate incidents play havoc with her life. Clive’s father, Bob
Bingham enters into the fray, and plays the other kindly role in the Barrington
Giles’s ex-wife Lady Virginia, the Argentinian mob,
the IRA, the architecture, the art taken up by Jessica and eventually taken
over by Seb’s newly found love, Samantha, all have different roles to play in
all the right places.
How the whole thing develops is something only
Archer can do. He manages to twist the story around, and make it land in
exactly the right places with ease, showing us that the master storyteller is
back. He never lets the story drag on, because he has got a few twists up his
sleeve. You will be left, wanting to turn the pages and the story goes on with
his ultra-cool twist, which he reserves for the end. Now, for 2015, we wait…
Author: Jeffrey Archer
Publisher: Pan Macmillan ISBN: 9781447265092
Price: INR 399