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Review: Be Careful What You Wish For By Jeffrey Archer

Review: Be Careful What You Wish For By Jeffrey ArcherBe Careful What You Wish For (The Clifton Chronicles #4) on January 1st 1970
Pages: 387

When Harry and Emma Clifton hear about their son Sebastian's car accident, they rush to the hospital unsure whether it was their son who died or his best friend Bruno. Meanwhile, Don Pedro schemes to install Major Alex Fisher into Ross Buchanan's seat as the chairman of the Barrington Shipping Company, a seat that Emma desires following Buchanan's forced retirement. The Barrington family firm is threatened by Pedro's intentions just as the firm stands to build its new luxury liner, the MV Buckingham. In London, Harry and Emma's adopted daughter finds love in the Slade Academy of Art. However all delight at the news of the wedding vanishes when an old friend, Lady Virgina Fenwick, appears. Events take a turn when a hitherto unknown Yorkshireman, Cedric Hardcastle, takes a place in the board of Barrington's firm, changing the lives of both families.

Review: Be Careful What You Wish For By Jeffrey Archer

Be Careful What You Wish For Review

Be Careful What You Wish For is the fourth book in The Clifton Chronicles by Jeffrey Archer (something that I didn’t realise until I’d finished reading the book so silly me). It begins with a car crash involving two young men, but we are uncertain as to which one was killed in the crash. It turns out there is a feud between the families of the two boys and Don Pedro Martinez is trying to bring down the esteemed Barrington family. Throughout the book we see various different plots to destroy the Barrington’s family shipping business but whether Don Pedro Martinez is successful in his plans will remain a mystery…

I have to be honest, I didn’t think that I was going to like this book before I started reading it, nor when I had read 150 pages of it. It was not until after I’d read about a third of Be Careful What You Wish For did the story really begin to pique my interest. This book contains several passages which have either strong political or financial themes and I found these parts of the books much less accessible as a reader. That said, I haven’t read many political novels or anything of the sort so this was very much a new reading experience for me. I imagine existing Archer fans will greatly enjoyed these details passages.

The plot gets more and more complicated as time goes on and you begin to see how all the different characters fit into the action. However, Archer keeps the motives and relations between characters under wraps for the most part of the book. Archer is incredibly good at keeping the reader in suspense and weaving a tale so thick that it’s impossible to predict what’s coming next.

There’s a lot of two-ing and fro-ing in Be Careful What You Wish For as you see the Barrington’s and the Martinez’s fight to destroy the reputation of the other and there’s absolutely no way of predicting the results of each party’s ploys. This story gets more and more exciting as it goes on, constantly surprising the reader with new and game-changing information that throws what you thought you knew about the story out the window. If you like to be kept on your toes, then this is the series for you.

Perhaps this was because I haven’t read the previous books in the series, but I didn’t really feel like I connected with any of the characters. Be Careful What You Wish For is not the story of one person, but the intersecting and overlapping stories of many, many characters. As a result, it is not only hard to to wrap your head around who’s who, but also to form any sort of emotional attachment to any character. This was a disappointment, but did not necessarily let the book down. The complex nature of the plot means that this book is very much about what is happening, rather than what each character feels about what is happening.

Another factor is that the character’s don’t have very strong relationships between each other so there isn’t anything for the reader to connect with. Instead, you remain removed from the busy plot but your interest is still maintained because you want to find out which character’s plans will ultimately succeed. The characters have a business-like relationship with each other and thus I felt like I had a business-like relationship with the book. This story was created to entertain me and entertain me it did.

All in all, Be Careful What You Wish For was entertaining (once it got going) and I would highly recommend it to existing Archer fans. To those that have never read his books I suggest you pick one up. This book ends on one hell of a cliffhanger so I am eager to get my hands on the next instalment of The Clifton Chronicles (released in February this year). This book takes quite a bit of time to get your head around but if you’re a fan of political or business-related drama, entwined with family drama, then this is the series for you.

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*I received this book as part of the #StressFreeReading campaign.

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Laura is a culture and travel blogger based in London. She studied French at Oxford University and now studies Law in London. She’s an avid reader and traveller and loves to combine the two with literary travel. Find her tips and reviews on the best reads, eats and destinations on whatshotblog.com.

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  1. Missie
    26th January 2015 / 12:05 AM

    Sounds like the book was good – and that swag you got is awesome!

    • Laura Hartley
      13th April 2015 / 5:23 PM

      Thanks! It was pretty cool 🙂

  2. 6th February 2015 / 12:41 PM

    I&#39ve only read a couple of Jeffery Archer books and I enjoyed his writing style and the way the plot was crafted. This one sounds just as amazing though I&#39m not a fan of political drama. Adding it to my TBR list. Loved the review!

    • Laura Hartley
      13th April 2015 / 5:23 PM

      Hm yeah I'm not that big a fan of political drama either but it grew on me as the book went on. I'm not particularly keen to read any more Jeffrey Archer at the moment, but he's by no means a bad writer!

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