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London - the present
Holly Smith has never fitted in. Adopted when just a few months old, she's always felt she was someone with no history. All she has is the address of where she was born - 32B Gambier Terrace, Liverpool. When Holly discovers that the flat is available to rent, she travels north and moves in. And in the very same flat, under the floorboards, she finds a biscuit tin full of yellowing papers. Could these papers be the key to her past?
Liverpool - 1981
Fifteen-year-old Darren is negotiating life with his errant mother and the younger brother he is raising. When the Toxteth Riots explode around him, Darren finds himself with a moral dilemma that will have consequences for the rest of his life.
Moving between the past and the present, Darren and Holly's lives become intertwined. Will finding Darren give Holly the answers she craves? Or will she always feel like the girl who just appeared?
Praise for Jonathan Harvey
'I knew Jonathan Harvey could make me laugh. I didn't expect him to make me cry too' Jojo Moyes
Really enjoyed this book, funny and very gritty in parts. Very much enjoyed the chapters set in the 80's. Would like to read more Jonathan Harvey books.Published 3 days ago by GC
Starts well, but becomes irritating when Darren appears. Living in Liverpool and fond of the way people speak, I am irritated by the over use of the Liverpool accent. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
Well plotted tale of a newly orphaned (adopted)young woman's return to Liverpool on a quest to discover the secrets of her parentage. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Figgy Lulu
Didn't like the beginning:brittle, unbelievable characters
Improved once Darren comes into the story. Easy read
I enjoyed this, though it took me two attempts to get into it.
I really started to care when I met Darren and the second half of the book had me hooked. Read more
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ IN A LONG TIME,COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN, YOU JUST KEEP TURNING THE PAGES.BEING A LIVERPUDLIAN MADE IT MORE INTERESTING. EXCELLENTPublished 29 days ago by MAUREEN ROSSITER
Im never sure why i like Jonathon Harveys books but i always enjoy them. This was a tale of a girl searching for her real mum and getting a few weird results before the serach... Read morePublished 1 month ago by mt b r thompson
I honestly didn't expect this book to be that good! I thought it would just be something light hearted I could pick up and out down, how wrong was I?
I loved it. Read more