Review: A Dangerous Game by Ken Follett

Follett’s novel, A Dangerous Fortune, deals with a major London bank at the end of the 19th century. The story starts at an exclusive Windfield School for boys where cruelty and treachery will seal the fate of a small group of boys. The story deals with several themes, but deceit is the most prevalent. Details of the drowning of a young boy, Peter Middleton, by his fellow student at a local quarry is kept secret for several decades. The characters involved never stray too far from the incident during the next 30 years as they either try to cover up or they attempt to find out the details of what really happened.The banking world is presented side by side with the poorer classes of society. The Prince of Wales appears at a posh party in one scene, while another scene depicts goings-on in a slummy brothel. Characters are also presented as being honest or deceitful, greedy or generous. They appeared a little stereotypical but the story was nevertheless a page-turner and a good read.

 

 

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About Murielle Cyr

Writer, organic gardener, soapmaker, listener.
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2 Responses to Review: A Dangerous Game by Ken Follett

  1. milliethom says:

    I read this book some years ago and remember liking it a lot. I can clearly remember the events of the first chapter, with the swimming disaster, which draws the reader in well. Oddly enough, how the rest of the novel plays out I remember less well! Time for a re-read, I think. I do like Ken Follett’s work, so thank you for reminding me of this book, Murielle.

  2. Murielle Cyr says:

    Rereading always brings new discoveries, things that were hidden become evident. Happy holidays to you and your family.

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