‘The Hoax’ by Paul Clayton


Meet Frankie Baxter. She’s trying to make ends meet and keep the boat afloat for her three kids. She’s harassed, sometimes impatient, but she’s a fabulous mum. So imagine her distress when Henry, her youngest child, goes missing…

Henry returns safely accompanied by a stranger, Cora, a fairy godmother who starts to change the Baxter family’s lives in the best of ways. So why do things suddenly start going wrong? Is Cora fulfilling their dreams – or is she the start of a nightmare?

My Review

I read the synopsis for ‘The Hoax’ and it certainly sounded a bit different to the usual books I read.  They do say that ‘a change is as good as a rest’ and so I eagerly opened the book and dived straight in.  Overall I did enjoy reading ‘The Hoax’ but more about that in a bit.

I have to be honest and say that it took me a little while to get into ‘The Hoax’. I was tired and finding it hard to concentrate when I started to read the book.  After a little while, I got used to the characters and the author’s writing style and I found it much easier to follow the story.  I wasn’t able to finish the book in a day but I still managed to finish the story within 48 hours.  I found that I would pick the book up only intending to read a couple of chapters to fill in a bit of time but I would become so wrapped up in the story that I would lose track of time and just how quickly I was getting through the story.

‘The Hoax’ is well written.  The author certainly knows how to create a series of interesting characters and how to create a story that stands out from the norm.  I would say that the author has a quirky writing style.  The story is written using two different timelines.  One timeline describes things as they happened in the past and the other timeline describes things as they happen in the present day.  For me, ‘The Hoax’ hits the ground running and maintains a fairly fast pace throughout.  ‘The Hoax’ was an enjoyable read, which certainly kept me guessing.

In short, I enjoyed reading ‘The Hoax’ and I would recommend the book to other readers.  I will definitely read more of Paul’s work in the future.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 4* out of 5*.

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