Advantages It may make you think.
Disadvantages Lacks excitement in places.
A deadly deception appears to be just that when Old Mabel Smith inadvertently comes across a page in a magazine advertising an adult chat line service.
Mabel sees an easy way to make extra money as well as adding some excitement to her life - a life that has always lacked excitement.
Blushing, she stuffs the magazine in her bag to read at home later.
After speaking to a variety of clients Mabel finds she is attracted to John who seems very keen to talk to her, their relationship develops and John wants to meet her although she declines for reasons told in the storyline. John is determined and unbeknown to Mabel he manages to engage her in various conversations which give him clues to her address...Set in Glasgow this fictional work portrays mainly women's life in a Tower Block.
For some reason I really could not see the relevance of the other characters in relation to the plot of the story. I thought it was like two stories running parallel to each other with characters from both sides of the line occasionally having similar difficulties.
The story line of Mabel and John which also draws in two other main characters is in essence a very good fictional idea; however there are many other characters drawn into this story which I felt made a good story idea somewhat confusing and for me boring at times.
* On reflection the other characters (Which were not really related to Mabel and John in the story line) could have been added to give depth to the story of living in a Tower Block and perhaps because I have lived in a tower block I did not need that depth.
Still it gave me food for thought…
A point that interested me was that these extra characters were not mentioned in the blurb and yet there was a message to thank the agencies concerned at the front of the book; who had provided the author with information about their work.
This made me think that initially the author had a different main story line for these characters but somehow 'lost the plot' as she took on the main story line of Mabel and John.
* It showed how some people are in the midst of danger and how others through innocence can put other people in danger.
It also shows how flirting with strangers over the telephone (and I suppose the internet could be added here) could be very dangerous as we really do not know the true feelings of the people - all we hear or see are the words which are open to our own interpretation.
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