The Place That Didn't Exist

The Place That Didn't Exist

The Place That Didn t Exist Junior creative Tim Callaghan can hardly believe his luck when he s flown out to Dubai to supervise the filming of an advert for an international charity He is immediately entranced by the city a futu

  • Title: The Place That Didn't Exist
  • Author: Mark Watson
  • ISBN: 9781447243359
  • Page: 236
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Junior creative Tim Callaghan can hardly believe his luck when he s flown out to Dubai to supervise the filming of an advert for an international charity He is immediately entranced by the city a futuristic environment unlike anywhere he s ever been before, with an almost uncanny level of customer service Shimmering and seductive, it seems as though nothing bad could eJunior creative Tim Callaghan can hardly believe his luck when he s flown out to Dubai to supervise the filming of an advert for an international charity He is immediately entranced by the city a futuristic environment unlike anywhere he s ever been before, with an almost uncanny level of customer service Shimmering and seductive, it seems as though nothing bad could ever happen in Dubai But when a crew member is found dead in in mysterious circumstances, Tim learns that if a place seems too good to be true, it probably is .

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    Mark Watson is a well-known comedian and writer. His dry wit and sharp sense of humour is apparent throughout The Place That Didn't Exist, although this isn't a comedy-novel. The plot revolves around a murder, but this isn't a crime novel, or a mystery story. It's a really compelling, quite refreshing story about an ordinary guy, in an extraordinary place, in the middle of some very strange goings on.The lead character, Tim, is an advertising executive. He's creative, full of ideas, but a little [...]

    Another great read from Watson. It's one of those books which is hard to define as any one thing. People seem to be calling it a murder mystery and whilst it has elements of that this is not really the story of someone solving a murder. Tim has had relative success in the advertising business but when an idea leads him to work on a huge charity advert in Dubai he thinks things are really on the up. He quickly gets to know the team working on the advert but he can't help but feel something is bei [...]

    So good until about three quarters of way in then totally ran out of steam, as if the author lost interest in the story and the characters. Such a shame, because it was deliciously well written up to then, reminiscent of JG Ballard's last few novels.

    Murder Mystery set in DUBAI3.75*This review plus author chat first appeared on our blog: tripfiction/murder-mys“You are in Dubai, things are a little strange”If you have ever visited Dubai, then this book will transport you back to the city, with all its glitz and foibles. It is absolutely what TripFiction is about, a way to connect with a place through fiction.Tim is flown out on location to Dubai to oversee the filming of an advert for a big charity, and you can sense his awe and wondermen [...]

    Think of Dubai and what comes to mind… Kitsch Arabia, third-world labourers and decadent Westerners negotiating medieval law. Or pristine beaches, unblemished blue skies, world-leading architecture and a shoppers’ paradise. Unless one has lived there, one’s perspective will likely be influenced by glossy promos or the international media, wherein Dubai gets measured via rudimentary metrics: millions of dollars, thousands of feet tall, and number of years in jail for kissing.To get under th [...]

    As someone who lives in the UAE, I found Watson's portrayal of Dubai quite insightful and in depth, to the point where this was a story focused more on Dubai as opposed to its label of a murder-mystery novel. There are stages of Dubai which one experiences when one visits. It's surreal; it's glamorous; it seems to good to be true, at first. But there is such a vast difference in experience for those who visit it as rich folks and those who are the hands supporting the rise of this "picture perfe [...]

    I went into this book expecting to love it and to be broken by it. Somehow it exceeded my expectations in both aspects. In another beautiful addition to Mark Watson's work, The Place That Didn't Exist is an individual take on murder mysteries that showcases his brand of humour and insight flawlessly. My copy is already packed with post it notes next to lines that charmed me. The best way I have been able to describe this book is that it healed the scars upon my heart then tore open a hundred new [...]

    „Die Stadt im Nichts“ erzählt die Geschichte um Werbetexter Tim, der für einen Werbespot, den er getextet hat, nach Dubai reisen soll. Dort lernt er sein Team kennen und ebenso die schöne Stadt der Emirate. Tims Erwartungen an Dubai werden nicht enttäuscht, Dubai ist tatsächlich genauso dekadent, wie er gehört hat. Alles läuft in geregelten Bahnen, der erste Drehtag ist geschafft (ohne etwas auf Band zu bekommen), und die After-Work Party in Tims Domizil ufert ein bisschen aus. Morgen [...]

    Usually when I read a summary of what a book is about I know that it's only a small portion of what the story is, but not in this case. The main character Tim is working in Dubai creating a commercial for a charity, and one of the members of the team dies. The story doesn't stray much from that unless it takes the time out to anti-advertise Dubai. For most of the book it read more like a critique on Dubai, as the main character wanders around the city we get criticisms about everything. How fake [...]

    If I were able it would have been 2 1/2.The plot was a little implausible and for me half way through the book I was wanting to get to the end as it ran out of steam.Having been to Dubai it did bring back a visual of how the city is a dichotomy of culturesI was told by the locals the Middle East riviera! Mmmmm France and Italy would beg to differ!

    Barely a two act novel. The protagonist turns out not to be the protagonist at all. There is no antagonist because no one 'wants' anything. An odd perspective shift is employed in the brief (and concluding) second act. It seems this perspective shift is simply to 'explain' what happened. There is no causality.An easy read, but a truly disappointing story.

    I can hear Mark's voice telling the story when I read his books - I enjoyed this story with its wee twist. It is 'mild' crime fiction - very entertaining and amusing despite being a murder story. I hope Mark keeps writing coz I want to read more of his books!!

    Not as consistently gripping as some of his other novels, but still a great read. Slightly unsettling though.

    I don't know, it just didn't seem to really do anything, a bit of a nothing story but it was easy reading and enjoyable enough

    The Place That Didn’t Exist, by Mark Watson, is a simmering murder mystery set in Dubai. It is a variation on the locked-room trope, and the mirage like setting of the desert city is perfect for all that unfolds. So much exists beneath a veneer of excess and is not what it seems when probed. Even the suspected murder may have a more mundane explanation, one of over indulgence as is common in such a place.The plot centres around a group of film makers and backers, brought together to shoot a co [...]

    At the end of his career JG Ballard was writing about ennui on the French Riviera, if he was alive today, Dubai would probably have taken it's place, as the unreal backdrop for the listless lives of ex pats. Christopher Fowler has written his own Ballardian Dubai novel, and now Mark Watson has attempted his version, set amongst the doubly unreal world of shooting a commercial there. The surreal backdrop soon gives way to muttered tensions, half heard outbursts, all is not as it seems. Then after [...]

    The book that didn't engage.Looked at dispassionately, it could be seen as an interesting approach to a murder mystery, but really Watson seems to be wanting to say "Dubai is seriously creepy" and not much more which makes it rather surprising how the book ends with a significant (in terms of story telling, not plot) character back in Dubai.The book seemed successful in creating the atmosphere of a bubble of unreality, but that was all.

    I liked that it was set in Dubai. I liked that it was a "crime" novel. It was even very engaging (the chapter revolving around who did it which was written from the murderers POV was quite clever) but there was something lacking and that was a solid plot development that I've come to expect from a good murder mystery.

    Basically was looking for a light hearted holiday read while in Dubai - the local setting and the fact that I'd enjoyed Watson's "Eleven" made me choose this one. Not too taxing but didn't exactly fill me with local knowledge - one of the reasons I like to read fiction set in the place I'm holidaying. That said, it did paint a realistic picture of the Dubai I saw, minus the mystery!

    Page 26 says it had been 2 years since the end of the romance with Naomi Page 38 says it was a little while since the split with Naomi Which is it?

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