Top critical review
Not really worth 3 stars
18 April 2016
I'd prefer to have the option to give it 2.5 stars because that is my real rating. The good things about the book were Niki Savva's knowledge of the background operations of the Liberal Party and her objectivity in assessing the effect of the relationship of Abbott & Credlin on the Prime Minister's Office, the Ministry and the government in general. I am astonished and disappointed at the reaction of the media immediately after the publication of the book in implying that Savva was stating there was a sexual relationship between Abbott & Credlin. The nuances were lost on the under-educated headline writers of today. Savva was actually saying that the perception created by the relationship was the problem - the physical touching, feeding one another at the restaurant table, Abbott placing Credlin's feelings ahead of the good party room relations. The departure from normal standards of behaviour caused much puzzlement and distrust.
The bad things were the lumpy long paragraphs, the repetition, the lack of organisation. I appreciate that it was in the interest of author and publisher for the book to be published asap but I find it hard to finish books which have no finesse.