Alana Woods ... the Intrigue Queen

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Quotes Automaton -- Australia is hot. The mystery is hot. The case is hot. The black cloud of murder hangs like a sultry cloud above a young man who may or may not be guilty. Is he a killer or a victim? Was he beaten as he claims? Is he suffering from amnesia? Has his mind gone dark? How deep does the violence go in his life and the lives around him? What secret does he possess, and does he even know what it is? The extraordinary talents of Alana Woods have turned a hard-core murder mystery into a mesmerizing piece of literary fiction filled with illusions and disillusionment. Nothing is as it seems. And when the case ends, nothing will ever be the same again for any of those involved in AUTOMATON. Quotes
Caleb Pirtle
5 stars

Quotes Imbroglio -- Another great Alana Woods mystery novel set in Australia. This one centres around a murder case, a court room and a defendant with a suspicious case of amnesia. He has a cocky young lawyer who is convinced of his innocence and goes above and beyond her duties to prove this, facing hostility at every turn from those who want to see the defendant convicted. Amidst the drama is a love story which is far from tacked on, and the chemistry between the lawyer and her love interest is scintillating. The court scenes are utterly authentic with the testimony and evidence presented in a believable manner. Like Imbroglio (the author's other novel) there is a complex array of characters and sub-plots expertly woven together. Woods has depicted vivid scenes with a strong sense of emotion which helps to build a connection with the reader and hold your attention to the very end. This book goes way beyond the standar Quotes
RD Hale
5 stars

Quotes Imbroglio -- Great mystery thriller with a complex cast of characters and cleverly woven plot. Firstly, the title grabbed my attention. I love weird and wonderful words and for those who don't know, imbroglio means: An extremely confused, complicated, or embarrassing situation. Based in Australia, this is a great mystery thriller with a complex cast of characters and cleverly woven plot. Surprises are at every turn and you will never quite be sure who the good or bad guys are. Conspiracy can be a difficult thing to pull off in a convincing manner, but Woods has carefully crafted each plot thread so you will believe every action, misdeed, mishap and coincidence. Each scene draws a genuine emotional response: tension and frustration when things go wrong, relief when things seem to work out - you will care about the events unfolding on the page and you will be compelled to read on. Quotes
RD Hale
5 stars

Quotes A tense, thrilling tale--Imbroglio by Alana Woods. This is a very well-written story, with central characters that are likeable, even though I wasn't sure at many points if they were good or bad. The motivation is very credible and that is what makes Imbroglio really terrifying because it could happen -- anyone could be like Noel and accidentally hear something that they follow up on -- and then find themselves up to their necks in... Well, read the book and you'll find out. It develops into a fast-paced, page-turning, fingernail-biting rollercoaster of a tale. Plenty of twists and turns. Quotes
Netty18
5 stars

Quotes "Imbroglio" by Alana Woods is an intricate, captivating and engaging thriller right from the first page ... this book is for you if you enjoy a well-written story that is nonlinear, twists and turns, teases you and leaves you breathless after a thrilling emotional roller coaster ride. Quotes
Thomas Baker
5 stars

Quotes Alana Woods can seriously write! -- Automaton by Alana Woods. I love reading a great mystery. I love it even more if I can't figure it out by Chapter three. Well, Automaton, by Alana Woods has that and a whole lot more! Set in and around the courtrooms of Australia, Miss Woods takes the reader on a journey from a brutal murder, a defendant who can't remember a thing, (or can he?) to an end that you can't wait to get to! The story centers around Russell, charged with a murder he can't remember. His lawyer, or as they say in Australia, his barrister, is a young cocky way too sure of herself woman by the name of Elizabeth. She's not the most tactful tool in the box, and soon has the entire office looking at her in disdain. Her boss, Robert, oh what a man he is. And modest as well. You just know that the tension between him and Elizabeth is going to be electric! Quotes
Lilli
4 stars

Quotes Packed with Style and Mystery -- Imbroglio by Alana Woods. This book is intelligently written; I enjoyed the author's unique style, and I appreciate that she did not dumb down her prose. Alana Woods has the kind of unique voice that you will always know when you are reading that it is one of her books, even if you were to pick up a book without a cover or her name on it. That is what will make her stand out from others in the genre and what will keep her fans coming back for her books specifically. The real star of the show, however, is the characters that drive this story. I'm usually good at solving a mystery early on, but Alana keep me guessing until the end. I also felt the style allowed me to be fully absorbed in David's POV, and the brusque dialogue scenes kept this story moving at a quick pace. I was surprised how much I loved this, since it's not one of my favorite genres (though one I do enjoy from time to time). Fans of the genre should eat this up. Quotes
Book Crazy
5 stars

Quotes A rip roaring Mystery! -- Imbroglio by Alana Woods. Ms. Woods tells a tale wrapped in layer upon layer. Its not a fast read, but it is a good one. I like it when an author takes their time to really put a story together. Set in Australia, Ms. Woods brings Sydney to life and even though I have never been there I can picture it in my minds eye. Greed, Lust, murder, this is a whopping ride of a mystery, some of the things that happen to our Noel just make you hold your breath. And David? Well I won?t give out any spoilers but damn! I have never read this author before, but after finishing this book, I know I will be reading more of her. Quotes
Lilli
4 stars

Quotes I am excited to have discovered this author's work. Looking forward to reading more -- Tapestries and other short stories -- Short stories are supposed to leave a longing, a desire to spin off from where the story ended, and create space to ponder about what would have been and what could have been. Award-winning author Alana Woods is a master in doing so. The main story evokes the feelings all women dream of ... I was in awe ... "Yin and Yang" just took my breath away ... "A south sea pearl": In a most masterful way Woods ends ... Quotes
Gisela
5 stars

Quotes Fast-paced light reading -- Imbroglio by Alana Woods -- It wasn't until I reached the mid-way point of the book that I began to know what was going on. A very enjoyable read! Quotes
Linda
4 stars
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