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A Trick of the Mind
A Trick of the Mind
Price: £6.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Author has written her third brilliant thriller., 28 Sep 2014
About a mismatched couple playing mindgames.They both have sad childhoods which affect their behaviour.Page turner.Great descriptions of the Thames and London.

I loved it and was grumpy after finishing it as i had no similar books to read.


The Postcard
The Postcard
Price: £3.49

2.0 out of 5 stars The heroine Callie has a miserable life and war. ..., 19 Sep 2014
This review is from: The Postcard (Kindle Edition)
I occasionally felt her pain.
Story dragged and the characters were shallow.I will not seek out her other books.


The Fortune Hunter
The Fortune Hunter
by Daisy Goodwin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WOODEN AND DULL AND BORING AND SLOOOW, 16 Sep 2014
This review is from: The Fortune Hunter (Hardcover)
A basic and unchallenging novel which promises much but does not deliver.Wasted 60p reserving this at the library.
Shallow and wooden characters.Very little historical atmosphere.
Do not bother.I gave up at page 157 so i really tried.


I Can't Begin to Tell You
I Can't Begin to Tell You
Price: £8.49

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing adventure yarn, 14 Sep 2014
Pages of information about spies decoding messages gave me a headache to take it all in.It reads like an adventure story and the characters lives come second.Very little atmosphere of war time Britain.Not like this author's previous books.

Seems too intense and dull-for historians only.As i did not care for the sketchily drawn characters the action scenes were less intense.Her last books put people first and plt second,so i was surprised this was so poor.


Remember Me This Way
Remember Me This Way
Price: £4.68

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the sort of domestic noir i love. ..., 13 Sep 2014
The author keeps the tension racking up and my interest all the way through. Very well written and as good if not better than her first novel.The mind games the married couple play are as good as GONE GIRL in my opinion.


The Paying Guests
The Paying Guests
by Sarah Waters
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars MIXED FEELINGS, 11 Sep 2014
This review is from: The Paying Guests (Hardcover)
I have read all of Waters' previous books.My favourite period is 1920s and many great novels have been set during this time.Several pages of lesbian soft porn in the book as to be expected.The cover blurb hints at a "big story" concerning post war Britain.But it is essentially a lesbian love story.So i was disappointed after a long wait for this novel.The core story is mainly predictable and long winded.Little self indulgent.Not enough tension and excitement to make it work as a thriller.

I feel like re reading my favourite novels as this one was a pastiches of bits and pieces of them.The author admits this at the end.

My advice is--read THE UNLIT LAMP and A PIN TO SEE THE PEEPSHOW--classic and authentic novels.Or the Jill Dawson novel about a similar story FRED AND EADIE.


Before the Fall
Before the Fall
by Juliet West
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable domestic story of lovers in 1916, 7 Sep 2014
This review is from: Before the Fall (Paperback)
About illicit lovers in relative poverty in the East End.Trying to manage their jobs.children and friends.Nice sense of menace and destiny approaching.Powerful and memorable.

I would have given it 5 stars but was confused about Daniel's past(in Part One) and his aunt and the Lady she worked for.These characters should have been "fleshed out" and used more.These bits were written in an oblique manner designed to add mystery when there was none.Maybe it was just me.


The Forgotten Seamstress
The Forgotten Seamstress
by Liz Trenow
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

1.0 out of 5 stars Liz Trenow "dumbs down" her writing style., 7 Sep 2014
I loved this author's debut novel but her writing is now that of an ordinary,simplistic potboiler/saga.why?

The central idea of the books sounds good--lady of the present day finds out about her Granny's best friend who had a tough life in service.Hence the cover referring to Kate Morton's novels--but there the similarity ends.
It is written in a simple,basic way and was not very enthralling or descriptive.


Who Are You?
Who Are You?
by Elizabeth Forbes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Vile overblown tale of rape and torture., 5 Sep 2014
This review is from: Who Are You? (Paperback)
I would not reccomend this at all.As i read more of the book my initial thoughts of "oh this will become a 3 star standard thriller" was reduced to "no this book is not really enjoyable and i predicted part of the ending" and then i gave it one star.So that explains my differing star ratings to anyone who noticed.Pity as i enjoyed her first book.


Your Beautiful Lies
Your Beautiful Lies
by Louise Douglas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

5.0 out of 5 stars GRIPPING AND EASY TO READ, 3 Sep 2014
This review is from: Your Beautiful Lies (Paperback)
A man comes back into Annie's life.Will he break up her stale but safe marriage?Was he once guilty of murder?
Set in 1984 Yorkshire with the miner's strike to add menace and potential danger.
Husband is William a dull chief of police investigating a murder on the Moor.I love and enjoyed this one.


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