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Unlucky 13: (Women's Murder Club 13)
Unlucky 13: (Women's Murder Club 13)
by James Patterson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 9.93

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, 3 April 2014
This latest instalment of the Women's Murder Club is absolutely brilliant and does not stop from beginning to end. There are three main threads to this book that are al told at a relentless pace and there are many twists and turns throughout to keep the excitement levels. The usual characters are involved which is always enjoyable to read about and it is always interesting to see the latest instalment in their lives without the crime aspect added in. The threads include two people dead in an unusual manner, the return of Mackie Morales and what happens with Yuki and Brady. Like I said these are all fantastic threads that pull together to make a fantastic read. There are the usual short, snappy chapters that everyone has come to expect from Patterson and once again I read this very quickly, it is very hard to put down. Definitely read this if you are a fan of the Women's Murder Club.


Be Careful What You Wish For (The Clifton Chronicles)
Be Careful What You Wish For (The Clifton Chronicles)
Price: 7.58

4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, 29 Mar 2014
This one took a while to get into. I found the first one hundred pages or so quite tedious and laborious. However once this got going it really got going. This fourth instalment continues the lives of the Clifton family and includes many plot twists throughout which made this a really exciting read. I read this really quickly as it was so hard to put down. There were the usual characters as well as some new ones, some a welcome addition and some that were intentionally the bad people but added a lot to the plot. To top this book off it had a fantastic ending and ended on an incredible cliffhanger and I now cannot wait to read the next one next year. This is an absolute must read.


The Agincourt Bride
The Agincourt Bride
by Joanna Hickson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.03

5.0 out of 5 stars History brought to life, 22 Mar 2014
This review is from: The Agincourt Bride (Paperback)
'The Agincourt Bride' tells the early life of Catherine de Valois, married to Henry V of England in early adulthood. It is told through the eyes of Mette, her childhood nurse and later adult help. It brings this period of history gloriously to life. The author does embellish upon areas of history as some things cannot possibly be known, however it is done very well and keeps in with the period of history. Hickson brings all the characters to life wonderfully and it really feels like you are there and it is easy to empathise with them. I thoroughly recommend this as a historical read.


The Book Thief
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

3.0 out of 5 stars Got better, 22 Mar 2014
This review is from: The Book Thief (Paperback)
I was really looking forward to reading 'The Book Thief' as I liked the idea of the plot. Sadly I was a little disappointed. It tells the story of Liesel, the book thief, and her experiences during the Second World War. The book is told through the eyes of death, which was a really interesting take and offered an interesting perspective. However I found it a little slow and I could not get on with the writing style. I also felt that it was aimed primarily at teenagers and felt that this contributed to the weird writing style, at times it did not feel very adult like. Saying this the last hundred or so pages of the book really picked up pace, a little too much maybe, as I felt that important events were skimmed over when maybe a bit more should have been spent on them. I would recommend it as a read as the plot premise is so good but do not expect it to be that great.


The Shock of the Fall
The Shock of the Fall
by Nathan Filer
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 27 Feb 2014
This review is from: The Shock of the Fall (Paperback)
I read this book not really knowing what to expect and it ended up being absolutely fantastic. It tells the story of Matt who over the course of the novel it becomes clear what is wrong with him and what happened to his brother. The novel is told through the voice of Matt so it is very easy to get involved with the character and feel what he is going through at that point in the novel. The novel is written using quirky texts and layout which helps to drum home the mental health aspect and make it more emotional. At times I really did feel this was an emotional read and I really felt for Matt and what he was going through. As this is written by an ex mental health nurse the book really does capture mental health superbly and again helped to make it an excellent and at times quite a harrowing read. Definitely read this novel.


The Dinner
The Dinner
Price: 2.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Do not understand the hype, 23 Feb 2014
This review is from: The Dinner (Kindle Edition)
I read this after seeing people read it and hearing lots about it. It tells the story of Paul and Serge Lohman who are brothers and their families who meet to discuss their children after they commit a terrible crime. The book is set out in the style of a dinner and the discussion is interspersed with this. At points this book was very slow, details about the crime and the families are slowly revealed throughout the course of the book which helped to keep my interest but I still found it to be very slow. None of the characters are particularly likeable either and I found myself not caring about them or what happened to them. The last one hundred pages of the book are quite enjoyable as they decide what to do but this was not enough for me to salvage this as a good read.


The Lie
The Lie
Price: 6.64

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric, 15 Feb 2014
This review is from: The Lie (Kindle Edition)
This novel tells the story of Daniel, a man returning from the trenches, and follows him as he tries to settle in to his old life. As the novel progresses we learn more about his childhood and his relationship with his good friend Frederick, who went to war with him and Felicia. As a result of life choices Daniel finds himself having to lie to those around him and also has to deal with the terrible trauma left behind by the memory of the war. This novel is quite slow and I found it quite dull in places and very hard to get into. I started to get into it about 100 pages before the end and then found it to be quite a good read. This novel is extremely atmospheric and one think that Dunmore always does extremely well is write war scenes very sensitively and realistically so you can begin to imagine what it would have been like to be there. This novel is quite sad and desperate at times and therefore quite an emotional read. If you are a fan of Dunmore's novels or of war novels then give this a try but expect it to be quite slow in development.


The Unpredictable Consequences of Love
The Unpredictable Consequences of Love
Price: 4.72

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Escapism, 14 Feb 2014
I am a massive fan of Mansell's books and this was yet another great one. It tells the story of Sophie and the love lives of the people she comes into contact with. The plot is predictable as is usually the case with Mansell's books but it is still really enjoyable. There are twists and turns in the plot throughout which help to make it an enjoyable read. The book is also set mostly in Cornwall during beautiful sunny weather which was perfect for escapism from the winter weather. This is definitely an enjoyable feel good read and if you are an old fan of Mansell or new to her books then definitely give this a read, you will not be disappointed.


Stoner: A Novel (Vintage Classics)
Stoner: A Novel (Vintage Classics)
Price: 3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect novel, 2 Feb 2014
Stoner has been described as a forgotten classic and it is most certainly that. It tells the life of William Stoner and follows him throughout life and all the decisions and plans he has to make. Stoner is rather a sad read and portrays Stoner's life as quite a sad one. Williams writes this beautifully and elegantly and I soon found myself completely absorbed in the read and the life of Stoner. I found that all the characters were all well written and developed and even the ones that you were supposed to feel less sympathy for, I found myself being swept along in their lives too and feeling their emotions as well. This is an absolutely definite must read and if you do not read it then you are truly missing out on a splendid read.


How to Fall in Love
How to Fall in Love
by Cecelia Ahern
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 6.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Read, 31 Jan 2014
This review is from: How to Fall in Love (Hardcover)
I am a big fan of Ahern's books and rightly looked forward to reading this latest offering. It follows the story of Christine who encounters two life changing events. The second turns out to be even more momentous. A recurring thread throughout the book is suicide and attempted suicide which helps to make this book more of an emotional read and also helped to make me feel for the characters and what they were encountering. I found that the book was fast moving and kept me interested throughout. The book did have an obvious ending but it did not detract from the enjoyment in my opinion and I felt that it was the fitting ending for the book. Overall although quite sad in some places this was well worth a read and I really enjoyed it.


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