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Next of Kin

Next of Kin [Kindle Edition]

John Boyne
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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"A moving and insightful book. stylistically fluent and engages the reader with every word" (Irish Independent)

"A narrative pace that never flags, a solid cast of characters, a vividly imagined recreation of period" (The Irish Times)

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An electrifying tale of blackmail and murder from the bestselling author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 719 KB
  • Print Length: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (13 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,708 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971. The winner of two Irish Book Awards, he is the author of eight novels for adults and four for younger readers, including the international bestseller The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, which was made into a Miramax feature film and has sold more than six million copies worldwide. His novels are published in over forty-five languages. He lives in Dublin.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable 5 Nov 2006
I was a big fan of Boyne's last book The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas and while this is a very different type of story it's just as good a read one of those books than turns round in all sorts of directions until the end. I couldnt put it down. Is there to be a sequel? It feels like there should be. Highly recomended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather Contrived 14 Mar 2008
By Mr. Peter Steward TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This is not the kind of book I would usually bother with, but having named his The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas as my book of the year for 2007 I thought I would investigate.
This is very different. An historical murder thriller set around London of 1936 it has a number of plots and sub plots surrounding the abdication of Edward VIII and his affair with Wallace Simpson.

Boyne is a skilful writer and it has to be said that this is an enjoyable read as long as you take it with the proverbial pinch of salt. It features the breakdown of family relations and the corruption of politics amongst other matters as socialites, judges and a variety of other characters turn to crime and plot murders in order to achieve their own aims.

Much of it is contrived and at times the plot is sadly leaden but there are as many plusses as minuses.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Skilled, but not sufficiently 12 April 2012
This is a stumbling attempt to contextualise a crime against the backdrop of Edward VIII's abdication. The plot is leaden, to say the least, but also the author has been far less than rigorous in his use of language and overall research. For instance, at one point, the character Stella uses the term 'sexist' which was not invented until 1965, and he also does not understand the meaning of the adjective 'disinterested'. Add to that his belief that one has to study for a Master of Arts degree from Cambridge, his appalling geographical knowledge of London (one certainly would not walk in high-heeled shoes from Oxford Street to a law firm's chambers) and the sheer failure to capture the impatient mood of Britain in 1936 and this book becomes a resounding failure.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good! 12 Nov 2008
By J.Flood
Owen Montignac, is a man under pressure. He has run up gambling debts to the tune of £40,000, and has to pay up the money by Christmas...or else face the consequences. When is rich uncle passes away, he assumes his financial problems will be solved. However, he is in for a shock when the will is read, and has to come up with an extreme plan to raise the money to pay his debt.

Set during the abdiction crisis of 1936, I found this novel an enjoyable read. The characterisation was very good, and I felt the author and had a 'feel' for the times. I particluarly liked the way the abdication crisis, the big story of that year, was neatly woven into the plot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Next of kin 31 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you love John Boyne books this does not disappoint. Well worth the reading time. Leaves you thinking about it for a few days afterwards.
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