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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
Recommend this book thoroughly enjoyed it. The twists and turns kept you on your toes a thoroughly good page turner.Published 1 day ago by linda brittan
This was one of those books that I wanted to read in one sitting - loved it from start to finish. I will definitely be reading more of Jonathan Harvey's work.Published 2 days ago by barrovienne
This story holds the reader's interest from the beginning. The narrator is the girl of the title. Or is she?Published 2 days ago by Revd allsop
Just...not very good. Paper thin characters - the lead here seems to be cobbled together from various chick-lit heroines rather than based on any first-hand knowledge of women, bit... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Mr Bum-Bum
An easy read, really enjoyed this book..think it helped that I knew the places mentioned in the book, but would have enjoyed it anyway. Read morePublished 4 days ago by pammy
I have read all JH bukes, this one was most definitely the best, loved the back and forth in time via Darren's Diary and I did guess who he was early on..... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Sharon O'Neill
The Girl Who Just Appeared follows Holly Smith and her quest to find her birth mother, following the death of her adoptive parents in her late twenties, taking her from a... Read morePublished 7 days ago by N Richards
Harvey's novel is a bolt from the blue. It zips along keeping you engrossed page by page. His characters are rounded and, in turns, funny and foul. I couldn't put it down.Published 8 days ago by sal
This book is great and brings the love and friendliness of the Liverpudlians to life - I lived there for several years while at Uni and can see the places as they are described. Read morePublished 8 days ago by ffionh