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  • 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 (199 customer reviews)
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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)

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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.

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Another fab buke by This author. Another original story. I can't wait for his next one. Now at least I can get some sleep. Unputdownable.
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Ok
Started good but lost something in the middle

Not sure what but interest lapsed needs to keep my sole concerntration
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Really enjoyed reading this book
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Bought this book for holiday reading and loved it.
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A book that you just can't put down, brilliantly written in two time frames that you can't wait to come together and for everything to make sense and fall into place. A definite recommendation from me - I will be sure to try more from the author.
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I started this book with high hopes and thoroughly enjoyed the first part - as an adopted child I could empathise with Holly's experiences and the desire to find her birth mother. However, once Darren's story was introduced into the narrative, I felt it went downhill, as I didn't enjoy the writing style of the diary and actively looked forward to the end of those sections. The last section of the book was just preposterous. I don't wish to spoil the ending for anyone, but in my opinion it was just downright silly and left me feeling short-changed. I suppose those who have given it 5 stars were prepared to suspend disbelief, but it was a step too far for me.
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I picked this book up as part of an offer as I chose two other books and didn't know what else to read. So, going by appearance I picked this book up and can say I'm glad I did and enjoyed this book a lot.

I haven't read any of the authors previous book, so I read this book without any expectations and think it's the best way to go about reading this book, as you'll be pleasantly surprised.

This book is poignant, a little sad in places and it's also a journey of discovery with a very pleasant ending. The only problem with the book I had was Darren's writing. Now, I'm not a grammar Nazi or anything, and I understand that he wasn't well educated, but the lack of formality in his first part of the book was frustrating to me. Though I eventually got over this problem with the book. I eventually started enjoying this book for what it is, brilliant !

I'm very happy I picked up this book and that it turned out good and that it turned out better than expected. What more could you ask for right? Anyway, I highly recommend this book to new and previous readers of the authors books and can easily give this author 4 stars.
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When Holly discovered she was adopted it led to a sense of relief for her , making sense of the feelings that she never really fitted in .
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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