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Review: Frequent Traveller by Pandora Poikilos

Frequent Traveller by Pandora Poikilos

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Synopsis from Goodreads
Catherine Dixon is everyone's dreamgirl. Girls want to be her. Men want to be with her. From her charming smile to her gentle voice, one always turns to take a second look at Cathy. Wherever she goes there isn't an ill-word spoken about her. Her job as Vice President of Communications at MoonStar, one of the world's top hotel chains is to make sure guests are happy to the point of perfection.

From the blue oceans of Antigua to the bustling streets of Vietnam, the racing adrenaline at the Green Hell, the devastating natural disaster in Japan and the stunning architecture in Germany, Cathy finds herself in a whirlwind of fine dining, plush clothes and sheer extravagance. But is perfection only a mask for untold disaster? In a job that deals so much with people, Cathy goes home to an empty bed. There are no pictures on her wall, no doting phone calls from a tongue tied lover and no family holidays to boast about.

What is Cathy's secret and how will her world change when the world knows? What is the significance of the blue pendant round her neck? Who is the mysterious man she is seen with every three months? What are the contents of the brown envelope delivered to her on the fifteenth of every month? Will her secrets ever catch up with her or will Cathy continue to sail alongside perfection in the world she has created for herself as a Frequent Traveller?


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8/10

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 It was just one of those books that surprised the heck out of me. Somehow I was thinking that it would be another paranormal romance/urban fantasy, but it was contemporary fiction.
Despite awkward writing and grammar mistakes, this was a refreshing, relaxing and engaging book.



Cathy is a vice president of Communications in a five star hotel chain of MoonStar, so each chapter takes her all over the world dealing with different problems in each hotel be that kidnapping, murder, possibly haunted rooms, blackmail or simple embezzlement. The book shows you the sad side of human nature, and at the same time the good in people who can unite in the face of adversity.

Cathy is not only a high powered official, she is a secret agent of an unnamed organisation, so once in a while she receives brown envelopes with the tasks the organisation wants her to  complete.

The main line of the plot stays murky, and we don't get much clarity in the end, but it's the side stories of all the different people Cathy meets that's really interesting, and that's why I liked Frequent Traveller so much.

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Неплохая книженция! Да, грамматика страдает, да, переходы от главной сюжетной линии ко множеству второстепенных остаются неловкими, но книга интересная и рассабляет. 

Кэти - вице-президент отдела коммуникаций сети пятизвёздночных отелей МунСтар. Её роль - странствовать по миру и решать проблемы возникающие в отелях как можно быстрее и тише, будь то кражи, похищения, терроризм, вип-свальбы капризных миллиардеров, убийства или призраки, отпугивающие потенциальных клиентов...

Однако - это не главная работа Кэти. Она - секретный агент неизвестной организации, которая получает время от времени пакеты с заданиями, которые ей необходимо выполнить, и её работа оказывается отличным прикрытием.

Вот главная линия сюжета остаётся странной и неясной, и даже концовка её не проясняет, однако сила книги как раз-таки в маленьких второстепенных историях и их многочисленных персонажах, которые показывают двойственное лицо человечества, способного на всё от актов героизма до самых низменных поступков.

Странная, неловкая книга, но мне понравилось.
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