- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (17 July 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 144723846X
- ISBN-13: 978-1447238461
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Girl Who Just Appeared Paperback – 17 Jul 2014
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The Girl Who Just Appeared is a wonderful book - gripping and twisty and tender and touching. (Marian Keyes)
Harvey makes me SCREAM. (Caitlin Moran)
Absolutely delightful. Jonathan Harvey writes with all his heart and all his soul. (Lisa Jewell)
Harvey is a star writer... His third novel is very funny, as one might expect from such a brilliant writer of comedy - but it shows that he can also handle sadness and tragedy, plus a narrative that cuts effortlessly between present-day London and Liverpool in 1981... Sparkling and moving. (The Times)
Wit and warmth. (Sunday Mirror)
Sensitive, moving, yet fabulously entertaining and laced with humour. (Daily Express)
A warm, witty tale about personal history and accepting the truth about your family - however, unexpected it may turn out to be. (Heat)
From the award-winning author of All She Wants and the writer of Coronation Street and Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, comes this comedy with a huge, beating heart.See all Product Description
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I have smiled at the first sentence already and kept smiling or laughing out loud through the whole book, but also have dropped a few tears. This is a bitter - sweet book, sad - funny book and a wonderful read. Poignant and touching.
Holly has just buried her mother and with her father already gone and no siblings she's now alone. As she knows she was adopted, she decides to start searching for her biological mother. She has some information, her name and address where she was born, and totally unexpectedly she finds herself renting THE flat. Flat when she was born. It means she must move from London to Liverpool, leaving her job as a PA to a very moody and mean diva. In the flat Holly discovers a diary which belonged to a teenager Darren. He describes his life in this flat, his family: mother who was a prostitute and younger brother. After reading the whole diary, Holly decides that she's Darren sister. Through her new landlady Rose, who knows her biological mother, she get to know her as well and only learn that she's at care home with Alzheimer and so is of no help. But is this the whole true? Did Holly really find her family?
Of course while reading I was guessing, and you will be too, for sure, whirring your mind trying to string the facts together.Read more ›
After the death of her adoptive parents and finishing a long term relationship Holly decides to seek out her birth mother . Discovering the house she was born in is up for rent she moves to Liverpool to start her journey of discovery . Meeting her landlady for the first time she senses that all is not what it seems and on discovering an old biscuit tin with a diary written by teenage Darren ,hidden under floorboards in her flat she starts to piece together what her life could have been.
Written in dual narrative between Holly and Darren, this novel flows beautifully . My heart went out to Darren growing up in troubled times in Liverpool and living with a mother who really didn't care much for her kids . This isn't just a novel about adoption as I first thought but covers much more sensitive issues that I don't want to go into for fear of spoiling this amazing read for anyone . Look out for Iggy , Holly's friend , he had to be my favourite character throughout ! Needless to say it gets a full 5 stars from me and if you haven't read it yet I would strongly urge you to do so .
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This book starts out very funny , and thought this would be ideal as was after a bit of light hearted reading . Read morePublished 21 days ago by Rachel Ives
Started good but lost something in the middle
Not sure what but interest lapsed needs to keep my sole concerntration