Alexandra Loved It!

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I Loved It!

by Alexandra Henley
Toronto, Ontario

As a kid, I read Eric Wilson’s books ALL the time.  So when I heard that he wrote an adult novel (as Eric Hamilton) I was more excited than I’d like to admit.  I was a little worried about whether he could successfully pull off a book for adults, but I’m happy to say that I really enjoyed Paris ’97.  It has a similar feel to his earlier mysteries, with fast-paced writing, dangerous scenarios and a quirky main character (Daniel Plain), but this one is definitely not for children!

Paris ’97 isn’t your typical Princess Diana conspiracy book.  Most of the conspiracy theory books I’ve read have been really well researched, but they’re almost always non-fiction.  There’s so much information thrown at you, and for me, it doesn’t stick.  Eric Hamilton’s book is just as well researched (if not more) but he presents the info in a fictional form, so the facts are handed out in a more natural way.  Thanks to this, every element of the book comes to life.  And even though Princess Diana is only seen a couple of times, her character is so supported by facts that she easily became the main player.

As for the conspiracy theory itself, it’s hard to talk about it without giving three-quarters of the novel away, so I’ll just say that it surprised me—it’s not a hokey, convenient theory by any means.  It actually makes a lot of sense and it’s not something I’ve ever considered before.

As you can probably tell, I loved this book and I hope Eric Hamilton writes another novel featuring Daniel Plain.  Maybe he can become the new Tom Austen?