- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,507 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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Top Customer Reviews
Started good but lost something in the middle
Not sure what but interest lapsed needs to keep my sole concerntration
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.
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 .
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A Jonathan Harvey book is a joy to read.
Cleverly intertwining the lives of two seeminglly disparate lives 30 odd years apart with twists and turns that sometimes you don't... Read more
This is a very unusual story. There are twists and turns, and although I found it difficult to get started I the found I couldn't put it down the more I got into it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by East Anglia
Wonderfully written as was all she wanted by the same author now looking for the next book just can't put them down started of just holiday resin but now completely hookedPublished 11 months ago by bed reader
Absolutely loved this book! I've read all of Jonathan Harvey's books now and this is one of the best. I love the style of Jonathan's writing. Read morePublished 14 months ago by R. Edney
Loved the journey it took you on and made you think about your own attitudes to a lot of issues.Published 15 months ago by Mrs. A.
Really enjoyed the story it went at a very good pace and I enjoyed the twist in the tale at the end .Published 15 months ago by VIctoria Horvat