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What Happened on Floor 34?

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I really enjoyed reading this thriller,  it was a great read,.kept me on the edge of my seat. Definitely would recommend it if you like thrillers
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This was a slow and steady burning read, that keeps you paging from beginning to end, and leaves you thrilled at the end! Really enjoyed the book, will read more.
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I saw that this book had been described as a ‘serviceable thriller’ and I feel like that sums up my feelings exactly. While it’s not exactly a story that will stay with me, it provided what I needed it to whilst reading it - an easy to read story that gave me a need to keep reading to piece together what happened.

I thought the premise of this story was original and enjoyed the contrast of the lives of a day editor and night editor at a national newspaper. While I was definitely interested in discovering ‘What Happened on Floor 34’, it seemed like it took quite a while to actually get there - Rose’s inner thoughts became rather repetitive - although this is sufficiently explained by the end of the book.

This is the first book of Caroline’s that I’ve read and while it didn’t blow my mind, it was entertaining for sure and I’d be keen to read more of her books in the future.

Thanks to Avon Books UK & Netgalley for an EARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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A claustrophobic slow-burn mystery thriller. Rose is a day editor at a London-based newspaper HQ at Canary Wharf. When her night-time counterpart Will disappears mid-shift, her search for answers is so shocking it turns the entire story inside out.
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This was everything you need for a thriller and crime story. It is not as black and white as you first think and like most typical thrillers, is full of twists. This is a first for me by the author and one I enjoyed and I would read more of their work. The book cover is eye-catching and appealing and would spark my interest if in a bookshop. Thank you very much to the author, publisher and Netgalley for this ARC.
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by this author so I was surprised this one didn’t thrill me or capture me like her others. 

It lacked pace and pitch now and again which made me slightly eager to get to a faster pace (hopefully) as I read on. It was a bit bumpy.

Although I did enjoy following Rose on her journalism but the actual plot behind all that fell a little short for me personally.
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Thank you to NetGalley and Avon Books UK for the Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) of What Happened On Floor 34?.  I was happy that my request to review this book was approved, and I received this e-book for free in exchange for my honest review.

I was intrigued by this novel and couldn't read it fast enough . . . it was that engrossing.  There were twists and turns galore towards the last twenty-five percent of the book that had my heart pounding.  Once I got to the end, I was sorely upset at the ending.  I'm not going to go into detail as that would give the story away, but I'd be interested to know if anyone else hated the ending.

There were things in What Happened On Floor 34? that were reminiscent of The Girl on the Train by Rachel Hawkins . . . namely the main character having a drinking problem.  It also has similar pacing.  Fair warning, this book does deal with sexual assault, so it may not be for everyone.  

Most of the characters that were likable and some that were not.  However, by the end of the story there were a few that I ended up disliking immensely.  I love the setting of the story, and it definitely left me feeling uneasy while reading it late at night.  I would have loved it had it been storming while I read the story because it would have given the story additional ambiance.

All in all, I'd give What Happened On Floor 34? by Caroline Corcoran four out of five stars, and I look forward to reading more novels by this author.
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2.5 rounded up. This book had so much potential but found it repetitive and I’m still not clear on the ending 😅
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Wow what have I just read? Caroline Corcoran is an author who should be on every shelf.

“ I’ll tell you where you don’t want to be when you are scared for your life and about to run: on the thirty-fourth foor of an empty Canary Wharf tower block. I’ll tell you what time you don’t want it to be too, for that matter: 2 a.m. “

Corcoran really sets the scene from the beginning of this book. The tension oozes from the pages and I’ve been hooked from the beginning.

I’ve read all of this author’s books and this is high on the list of favourites. This is unpredictable and completely captivating from the get go. I found this completely different and unpredictable.

Rose is an unpredictable narrator and I’ve had mixed opinions throughout this book. Corcoran has definitely kept me on the edge of my seat with this one. This is one of those books filled with twists and unpredictability.

The setting of this really shows the author’s knowledge of the industry. It has added an extra element to reading and the been slightly haunting from the beginning. This is a book I have devoured.

Whilst some readers may be put off get the trigger of Rape, I have to admire the author’s sensitivity whilst handling the subject. The portrayal is authentic and you can’t help but feel for the character.

I adore this author and this is a must read. I have devoured page after page in just one sitting. A brilliant book that I highly recommend.
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I’ve read other books by this author, so was keen to read this one.  We get caught up in the world of journalism and newspapers when we are introduced to Rose who is the day editor of a London newspaper.  When the night editor, Will disappears Rose finds herself investigating his disappearance.  This did sound like a really good thriller and whilst I enjoyed it, it did seem a little slow in parts.  I really enjoyed following Rose through her job and found the newspaper life exciting.  Unfortunately, the thrill of the investigation in Will’s disappearance was not as exciting and I felt like I was left wanting more on several occasions.  It wasn’t a bad read, but it wasn’t as good as I thought it was going to be.
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There were some great twists in this one but I didnt enjoy the pace. It was just to slow. I also felt the synopsis was just didnt potray what the book was actually about.
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An intriguing plot where you will have to climb every single step to the 34 floor to find out what happened. Rose is an interesting main character, dealing with the disappearance of her colleague and her new role as the night editor while trying to find out what has happened. Some good twist and some that just didn’t feel necessary it was a 3* read for me.
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I found the pace of this book to be way too slow for my liking.  Rose is an editor at the newspaper.  She works directly with a man named Will who she never has met but trades information with as he works her job exact position but at night.  Will is found dead and Rose is determined to figure out what happened.
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This was a really intriguing read that kept me turning the pages.
The scenario, the scary position that Rose, the Day Editor puts herself into to find out what happened when her colleague, the Night Editor disappeared. Some unexpected twists throughot the book.
And what a twist at the end!!
Thank you to NetGalley, Avon Books and Caroline Corocan for an ARC in return for an honest review
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Rose is an editor who has a counterpart called Will. They work different shifts so rarely cross paths. When Will disappears Rose steps up to help out. Rose wants to uncover the truth and she becomes obsessed in finding out the truth. She is a caffeine addicted stereotypical journalist who can be annoying at times. The pace was a little slow for my liking.
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This is a book that demands attention at the headline (or book title) - What Happened on Floor 34??? Never reading Caroline Corcoran before, she had me picking this book up and immediately being transported with her synopsis:

"My name is Rose, and I work for one of the country’s biggest newspapers. I was the Day Editor. Will Frost was the Night Editor. When I got to the office, Will had already left. When I left, Will arrived. We were two sides of the same coin. Last week, Will disappeared from floor 34 without a trace. Now I am the Night Editor. And I have a feeling I’m next."

What happened.... is a slow burn. While Will disappears immediately, figuring out whats going on is a much slower experience. Stick with it - you won't be disappointed!  Corcoron spins a workplace thriller that will have you guessing what happened. I enjoyed learning about the news industry, never before understanding what goes on behind the scenes. While I get news is a 24 hour business, I never gave thought to a night editor being alone each and every night working in solitude.  The atmospheric sense of being alone up high in a building at night gave me several "feels."

Corcoran addresses workplace violence, denial and obsession. It's also about alcohol abuse, mental illness and learning about yourself. Many characters are unlikable, but that doesnt take away from the need to know what happenend on floor 34. The twists and turns come fast and frenzied right up to the very end, leaving me shocked and thinking wow...

Many thanks to NetGalley and Avon Books UK for the reminder that all is not what it seems.
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This book was unique, interesting, and fun to read. While I enjoyed reading it for personal reading, I will not be adopting it for my classroom. Thank you to the publisher!
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Great book that had me turning the pages well into the night! I couldn’t put it down until I finished and I would recommend this to friends.
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Rose is thrilled to be the day editor of a large news operation.  The night editor is Will and Rose has never met him in all the time she has worked there.  He just leaves notes for her after his shift.  Rose’s boss is Douglas, an arrogant misogynist and total jerk, who constantly belittles her making her job even more difficult than it already is.

Rose is engaged to Patrick and their wedding is coming up in a few weeks, but she is so wrapped up in her job she can’t seems to concentrate on anything else.  In addition, she drinks way too much and often wanders into the office fighting terrible hangovers.

One night Will vanishes and no one can find him.  The police are looking into the case and say that the night he vanished, he called Rose and talked to her but she had been so drunk she can’t remember talking to him.

Now, Douglas wants Rose to take over Will’s night editor job and, hopefully, work some of her own day editor job.  While she is hesitant, she agrees to the dismay of Patrick.

Oh my.  This was a very difficult book that I pushed myself to finish.  So much trauma and Rose’s drinking was terrible.  Why she continued with her job and left Patrick hanging is beyond me.  Sexual assault is part of this as is men who think they are gods.  I have enjoyed others of this author’s books, but this was one that I didn’t care for.

Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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I didn’t enjoy this story as much as I had hoped. I was looking for an exciting mystery but the direction the plot took was unexpected and not something that made for an exciting read.

I found the subject of Rose’s job to be fascinating. The way that Corcoran describes the world of digital journalism was really interesting and I like to think that it was an accurate representation. Rose’s role as editor of the web page of a news outlet has lead to her being obsessed with her job: to ensure the site gets the most clicks and reader engagement at all times. Focussed on the data and real-time feedback that is the result of her editing, Rose believes she is living her best life and thriving off this all-time pressure. Yet, it is clear to readers that this is not the case and I started to recognise the warning signs that Rose was not actually as happy as she had convinced herself to believe.

Life as a journalist is presented as heady, exciting and fuelled by alcohol. There does not seem to be any rest for Rose, at least, and I was disturbed by the way she carries herself. A lot of alcohol is consumed and I think this is cleverly reflected in the style of the narrative. With long, rambling sentences, it felt like Rose was lacking control and reasons for this are gradually revealed. At first, I put it down to the excitement and constant movement of the news world, but Corcoran eventually shows that there is more to this erratic and unpredictable narrative voice.

When the Night Editor disappears, the story takes a darker turn and this becomes even darker at a late-night party that Rose attends. When Rose steps up to be the new Night Editor, she becomes consumed by this role and determined by her twilight role. Everything else falls by the way-side and she becomes as obsessed with the Night Editor’s disappearance as the police seem to be with Rose herself. Realising that the police are questioning her far more than her colleagues, it felt like the narrative disappeared down a rabbit hole of confusion, fear and paranoia.

I understand why Corcoran developed Rose’s character and, having completed the book, realise why Rose behaves in the way she does. However, the narrative style and the way the story progressed left me feeling quite uncomfortable. I also experienced inexplicable feelings of lethargy and I wonder if this is a result of Rose’s detachment from society and working in an isolated office whilst the rest of London sleeps. It certainly was disarming.

Yet, I thought the plot to move quite slowly (again adding to the lethargy). I wanted there to be more excitement but don’t think this was at all possible with the eventual direction that the novel takes. In all honesty, the story was the opposite to what I was expecting and I think the blurb could have been a bit clearer about what this book is about – it is certainly not the thrilling murder mystery that is implied.

With thanks to Avon books and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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