Fever Tree

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 10 Dec 2018

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I am sorry for not reviewing fully but I don’t have the time to read this anymore. I believe that it wouldn't benefit you as a publisher or your book if I only skimmed it and wrote a rushed review. Again, I am sorry for not fully reviewing!
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Fever Tree was a lushly written literary work that blew me away. I was enamored from the beginning with the descriptions and the intertwining of characters together. It reminded me a lot of classics that I've read in the style, while being in a setting familiar and dear.
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Fever Tree is intriguing and mysterious. A stranger arrives in a small town. Who is he, and what is he hiding? Small towns can't function without the gossips hanging around, and there are plenty of those. As the story unfolds, a romantic relationship is thrown into the mix. In typical fashion, we find out who the stranger is and all is resolved. It's an average read, intriguing but not remarkable. Fans of mystery will enjoy. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
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Dieter’s arrival in the small town of Crooked River sets everyone’s tongues wagging. To the inhabitants of Crooked River, he is a mysterious stranger who zealously guards his secrets but lends a patient ear to everyone. Consequently, myriads of townspeople, such as the deckhands, the bartender, the hotel manager, the antique shop owner befriend him. Maggie, a beautiful woman, falls in love with him. But there are also those who view him with suspicion, like the rich ladies who track his movements across the neighborhood from behind the curtains. There is also the local drug lord, Teddy Mink, who is convinced that Dieter is a narcotics agent. Dieter, indeed, has a past that threatens to overshadow his future with Maggie. Will this town leave Dieter alone for good? Can he forge a meaningful relationship with Maggie?

Set in 1978, Fever Tree by Tim Applegate is an engaging mystery tale that transfixed me till the end. Via vivid descriptions of people and scenery alike, Applegate transported me into the town of Crooked River. He uses every word aptly, hence, this novel doesn’t contain a single wasteful sentence. Although the pace of storytelling is languid, Applegate’s elegant writing kept the mystery alive. As a result, I wasn’t bored for even a second. Moreover, he portrays the supporting cast of inherently flawed characters as efficiently as the protagonist. No character seemed unnecessary. Everyone played his (or her) part in enriching the story which flows smoothly. 

However, the problem is that Applegate’s gorgeous writing outshines the plot. While the evocative descriptions enamored me, I couldn’t feel the punch in the gut. Further, the climax was so poetically described that it lost its unexpected quality. So, while the novel delivers on the mystery quotient, the story did not leave a deep impression on me. I continued reading because I loved Applegate’s writing and wanted to see the enigma unravel. Fans of literary fiction who want a mystery weaved in with splendid writing can go for it. However, people seeking the thrill of a chase, or the sense of suspense from the word ‘go’ will not find this book stimulating.
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Tall, dark and tragic hero.

William Dieter is the quintessential tragic hero who must overcome his demons to save himself and those he cares about.

Fleeing Mexico and the tragic loss of his wife, Dieter finds himself in a small town in Florida that he remembers from his childhood. An enigma to the townspeople, Dieter spends his days walking the woods, swimming the shores and generally keeping to himself. 

Juxtaposed with Dieter's quiet existence is the debacle that is Colt, Colt's girlfriend Maggie and their young son. Colt, the once small town sports hero, is  now a bouncer and drug mule who's erratic temper akins him to a time bomb . 

As centrifugal forces spin Dieter and Colt's lives, disaster is imminent.

With its sparse prose and small town atmosphere, Fever Tree is a novel that   focuses upion overcoming demons and loss.
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This is a well written and haunting read.

It is an atmospheric crime novel that I so enjoyed I could just start over and read again and again.

With such odd and vivid characters who all have a story to tell and I loved getting to know them all. Book one of a three part series the stories that connect the main characters and the town are surprising and wonderful.

This is an example of a brilliant author and how it should be done,,It absolutely mesmerising.
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