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  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review; paperback / softback edition (10 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755320832
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755320837
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
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Gloriously unputdownable (Woman & Home)

Highly addictive (Daily Telegraph)

A guaranteed bestseller. Travel, romance, mystery and politics in one novel (Grazia)

A gloriously tempestuous and romantic mix; trembling lust and dark secrets (Daily Express)

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Set against a background of newspaper journalism and politics, and the exhilarating freedom of the backpackers' trail, SHEER ABANDON is perhaps the most exciting and intriguing of all Penny Vincenzi's novels so far. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Love penny bought this on kindle started reading it realised I'd read it before. None the less great book
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Excellent book I couldn't put it down.
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Great read, didn't want to put it down. Loved the way the characters developed.
Love reading Penny Vincenzi, keep up the excellent work please
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Sadly, I have to concur with the previous two negative reviews. Whilst I couldn't say that the book is a total bore, unlike any of Penny Vincenzi's previous books, it totally failed to engage me. The characterisation was a confusing hotch-potch of British politics (yawn), unlikely foreys into journalism and medicine. None of the characters were remotely believable. Nor likeable for that matter. Throughout the whole book I had the feeling that the author really didn't have a clue where she would go with this story. As one reviewer commented, the whole caboodle could have been written in two A 4 pages.
What a very, VERY odd book from such an accomplished story teller. If you find it cheaply in a boot sale and you are planning a long reading period due to enforced confinement - go for it. Otherwise, don't bother. Buy all of her other books instead, though!! Now those are truly EXCELLENT reads.
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I have read all Penny's books and loved them all but this one. Normally her books leave me not wanting to put them down but unfurtunately I found this hard to pick up.I think it was plainly obvious from the onset who the father was and found the book quite boring. About to start on her latest novel hope she is back on form.
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Whenever a new Penny Vincenzi comes out I lose a weekend, totally engrossed in it and the good news is she's done it again.

As usual the plot twists and turns with a mystery at its heart; the fact that I correctly solved the mystery this time by a quarter the way through in no way spoilt my enjoyment. Finding out if I was right and how it would unfold made for compelling reading.

Lovely intelligent froth and right on form. May you live and write to be 100, Panny.

ETA I've just re-read this, having read and hated the latest book and all has fallen into place for me. It's obvious that there has been a change of editor in the last five years as all the things that have irritated me in the last couple of novels are missing.

A plea to you and your publishers, Penny, please bring back your old editor, their skills enhanced your books immeasurably.
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I think Ms Vincenzi is a great storyteller, but this wasn't her greatest story. It would have been a better story if the characters 'who dunnit' had actually been allowed to face up to the fall out from their actions. I think the way the storyline went was a bit of a cop out. It's a long book and the reader deserves a better ending.
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Format: Hardcover
I always buy a Penny Vincenzi as soon as it comes out. She is a brilliant writer, develops the characters to the degree that you would think you actually know them yourself. The twists and turns throughout the book make for very stimualting reading, it can seem daunting to face 632 pages but they fly by ... if you fancy a good read this is the book for you.
For what it is worth I have only given this book 4 starts instead of 5 because I felt some of the plot lines were too predictable - make no mistake though it is still a good read.
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