Book Review: Be Careful what you wish for


229237-vintage1Archer recites a political family drama from 1957 to 1964, describing the character of Harry Clifton as a poor rich-war dramatically hero and best-selling crime writer along with the supporting character Emma Barrington, first woman chairperson of her family shipping company. After three books of his chronicles is yet another one casting from construction of a luxury liner, which becomes a bane for Martinez.

Be Careful What You Wish For opens with Harry Clifton and his wife Emma rushing to hospital to learn the fate of their son Sebastian, who has been involved in a fatal car accident from rash driving. Nevertheless, who died, Sebastian or his best friend Bruno?

When Ross Buchanan resigns from the Chairman post, Don Pedro Martinez instate his marionette Major Alex Fisher to take over the Barrington Company where Buchanan wants Emma to be the next chairperson. As Emma presumes her leadership in Barrington, Martinez schemes out a plan to bring whole lot misery for the family. In between with so many characters , there is another one playing a minor role, Cedric Hardcastle, a bluff Yorkshire man by taking his place in Barrington board. Hardcastle’s first decision is who to support the next chairman of the board: Emma Clifton or Major Alex Fisher?

What I liked about Hardcastle is his part in bringing up the revenge on Martinez but I don’t get the point when he gave his assurance to Major Fisher of taking over his bank. Why him? In between Jessica wins a scholarship and win over hearts through her artistic skills. She falls in love with Clive Bingham, the son of the owner Mr Robert Bingham (Owner of fish paste) but Archer cranks with another twist with Jessica’s suicidal stunt. Hardcastle and Bingham join a complex scheme to manipulate the Barrington stock price to bankrupt the Argentinean. In many places, you’d see the character of Sebastian Clifton highlighted, In this book too you’d get to see his growth from student life to Hardcastle’s most loyal assistant.

At the end of this book, you’d feel paranoid about lot of stuffs too many unexplained pieces and storyline not making sense. To a fast-paced plot, this one is a bit floppy one with broken up narration. It’s quite dampening to read something like this from one of the bestselling authors. But that doesn’t stop readers to put the book down with all anticipation for the next one, the author yet ended the book on a cliffhanger. But clips of clichés makes me plot my story line of his next best-selling of his series.

I would give it a3.5 out of 5 stars. Yes, Clifton chronicles was definitely the best series Iv read after Harry Potter. Though it may not be up to the mark, but author definitely gave it justice by sticking to the plot!!!

“You’re so bossy.” “Why is a woman always described as bossy, when if a man did the same thing he’d be thought of as decisive, commanding and displaying qualities of leadership?”

Jeffrey Archer, Be Careful What You Wish For

“A work of art is worth what someone will pay for it.”
Jeffrey Archer, Be Careful What You Wish For

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