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According to Yes
According to Yes
by Dawn French
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.00

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sounds a bit like a New York travelogue, 7 Nov. 2015
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Afraid I have given up after a few chapters. Sounds a bit like a New York travelogue. Plus when Rosie speaks in my head I just hear the voice of the vicar of Dibley. No no no. Wasted my money
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Moving
Moving
Price: £3.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable !, 14 Oct. 2015
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Loved this book, Jennys best so far I think. I kept stopping what I should have been doing to read more and didn't want it to finish. Great story and believable characters. More please Jenny !!


A Kind of Vanishing
A Kind of Vanishing
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good first half but then......., 3 Aug. 2015
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I really enjoyed Part One, could sympathise with the differnt lifestyles and backgrounds of the two little girls, and there seemed to be a real mystery unfolding. But once the action moved forward in time, it almost felt like a different book. I don't want to give anything away, but there were loads of gaps in the way 'Chris' discovered her mother's family, and the personality change in alice's mother was very odd. I kept turning the pages hoping for more, but in the end, a disappointment


The String Diaries
The String Diaries
by Stephen Lloyd Jones
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit too gory for my taste, 19 July 2013
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I hear this book being reviewed on Simon Mayo's radio 2 book club slot, and it was being raved over, so I downloaded it. I haven't really been a fan of the supernatural since my teens ( long ago ), so I hadn't quite expected those elements in it, but serves me right for not reading up on it more.

But the thrills of the chase, the mystery elements, and the cleverly interwoven stories across the centuries kept me turning the pages.

However, I found the blood and gore scenes a bit too much for me and was rather skipping pages in the last few chapters. But many people will love it, and I understand why.

But would definitely read more from this author if it wasn't quite so fantastical


The Guilty One
The Guilty One
by Lisa Ballantyne
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb read, 19 July 2013
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I loved this book, gobbled it up in a couple of days, and was sorry when it was finished.

The author writes with a great natural style, and the switch between the timelines of Sebastian's and Daniel's stories was brilliantly handled.

I loved the characters, especially Minnie, and cried along with Daniel at the terrible loss of their trust. A real moral here, never put off saying sorry, one day it may be too late!

I do hope Lisa ballantyne is writing more books, she is a natural


Close My Eyes
Close My Eyes
Price: £4.99

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Downhill all the way..., 12 July 2013
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This novel starts off well enough, the central premise, that of a mother still mourning the loss of her stillborn child, then being told that the baby lived, and now she can't trust even her nearest and dearest - well, it hooked me straight in.

But by a third of the way through, the repetetive themes, the ridiculous dialogue, and the downward spiralling plot were beginning to jar. I stuck with it because I wanted to find out what happened to baby 'Beth'. But the ludicrous denoument, the ridiculous revelations ( I won't spoil the story for those of you still enjoying it), and the killings which stretched credibility to the limit left me wondering how this had passed an editor's eagle eye.

A small but irritating detail - having named your central character Gen, why would you name her best friend Hen? I dunno, but the whole thing was a muddle


The Girl on the Stairs: A Masterful Psychological Thriller
The Girl on the Stairs: A Masterful Psychological Thriller
by Louise Welsh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What a let down, 29 April 2013
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I had enjoyed Louise Welsh's previous novels, especially the Cutting Room, so I bought this with a degree of positive anticipation.

What a let down. I ploughed on until the end, but I'm afraid that for me it lacked any of the supense lauded by some other reviewers. Is it meant to be a modern gothic tale? If so, it fails miserably, as it's just gloomy, cold and with far too many loose ends left dangling

Jane is a cardboard cutout, about whom we never get any backstory to explain her obsession with the plight of the girl next door, or why she seems happy to throw herself and her unborn child into situations of risk. Her girlfriend Petra comes across as self-centred and unfeeling, and everyone else - the brother, the neighbours, the banker colleagues, the priest - are stereotypes.

It just felt like a short story which had been teased out into too many repetitive chapters. Sorry Louise, for me, not your finest hour


The Fishing Pool
The Fishing Pool
Price: £1.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Another great read from this author, 3 Mar. 2013
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More great characters and a warm involving story from this wonderful writer. Not quite up there with some of her others but still a great read


The Playdate
The Playdate
Price: £4.29

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unfinished, 3 Mar. 2013
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I'm afraid I gave up half way through as I just stopped caring about any of the characters in this book. It started quite well but the oddness of Debs and Allen, and the complete cardboard ness of the two husbands, Tom and Jez, were a total turn off. Not for me


Gone Girl
Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let down by the ending, 25 Feb. 2013
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This is the first of Gillian Flynn's books I have read and Im sure it wont be the last. My eyes were propped open on stalks reading it for the first 90 % , swept along in the fast paced story, and never sure whether I was rooting for Amy or Nick ! But for the last few chapters, I felt the whole thing fizzled out , and I really didn't understand the last few pages.
There are also some sections, and I won't spoil it for others with detail, where suspension of disbelief is necessary.
But there are still some fine aspects to this book, and to Ms Flynn's writing style.

The one big annonyance for me ? Would anyone called Margo really have her name shortned to Go? Even way into the book I found myself puzzled by the repeated use of the word Go ! Go where? Go what? Oh blimey, yes, his sister.... A bit of a jarring note
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