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What She Lost
What She Lost
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tender sad and moving, 27 Jun. 2017
This review is from: What She Lost (Kindle Edition)
Tender, sad, moving, the story of a mother-daughter relationship gone wrong ( and whose isn't problematic in some way?), and the slow reveal as to what lies beneath their troubles.. Susan's writing is deceptively simple, dealing with complex subjects in a sensitive and readable way.


Possibly a Love Story
Possibly a Love Story
by Olivia Fane
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty, beautifully written, and at times, heart wrenching., 28 Feb. 2017
This review is from: Possibly a Love Story (Paperback)
When Laura, perfect wife, mother and friend catches her husband kissing a girl with a long blonde plait, her privileged world is shattered and she seeks the advice of three friends. The last of these suggests she has a revenge affair and Laura packs her bags with the intention of flying somewhere, anywhere, to spite her husband and find a lover. In fact she doesn't even get as far as the airport, but spots the boy she will fall in love with on the tube, and follows him back to his home in Hounslow West, a place so alien to Laura it is almost exotic. There follows a page-turner of
a read in which Laura invites both her own and her husband's young lovers to live in their beautiful home, where she can, she believes, take control of the affairs of the heart that are endangering her domestic life. But things don't turn out as planned, and Laura learns a few things on the way about love, sex, and what really makes a good marriage. At times I laughed out loud, but Olivia Fane makes some serious points, and is, true to form, always the philosopher. This is, like all Fane's work, witty, beautifully written, and at times, heart wrenching.


Mummy's Favourite: Top 10 bestselling serial killer thriller (DC Charlotte Stafford Series)
Mummy's Favourite: Top 10 bestselling serial killer thriller (DC Charlotte Stafford Series)
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced crime writing at its best, 17 Aug. 2016
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Sarah Flint has created one of the most chilling serial killers I've ever read (be warned, the author pulls no punches when it comes to describing the killer's modus operandi) but the tension is more than countered by the warmth of her main character, the young and outwardly scatty DC Charlotte Stafford who simply can't help getting involved when justice is at stake. There is also an authentic and diverse cast of characters populating the South London police head quarters and a convincing portrayal of the holes in the criminal justice system. The terrifying crimes (including a red herring that is almost as horrific as the main killer himself) are nicely balanced with the Charlie's own intriguing back story. This is fast paced crime writing at its best and I can't wait to read the next in the series.


Dinner for Susie (LUNCHBOX SHORT STORIES Book 1)
Dinner for Susie (LUNCHBOX SHORT STORIES Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 8 Feb. 2016
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Gently humorous, heart warming story which anyone who has shared a flat will relate to.


River of Souls: Alice Quentin 4
River of Souls: Alice Quentin 4
by Kate Rhodes
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Crime writing at its best, 27 July 2015
Crime writing at its best, slick, scary and deep as the river at high tide, with a fascinating smattering of London Thames history thrown in
I love Kate Rhodes writing


The Winter Foundlings: Alice Quentin 3
The Winter Foundlings: Alice Quentin 3
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rhodes gets better and better, 2 Sept. 2014
Kate Rhodes just gets better and better. Set in a chillingly bleak winter landscape, this third Alice Quentin novel sees Alice seconded to a high security psychiatric institution to try to crack the psychology behind the country's most prolific child murderer, Louis Kinsella. In her inimitable fashion Rhodes creates a character in Kinsella who is scarily believable, an elective mute who is a match for Quentin's intelligence. Meanwhile a copycat killer is on the loose and Quentin finds herself in a race against time to help DCI Burns stop another child from disappearing. Lost children permeate the novel as Quentin discovers the present abductor has an obsession with the Foundling Museum in London (where children whose mothers were forced to abandon them were taken in and given health care and education). It's the classy quality of her lyrical prose and the way she gets under the skin of her characters, almost as much as the nail biting plot twists that make Rhodes's crime novels a cut above the rest.


Delphi Complete Works of Emile Zola (Illustrated)
Delphi Complete Works of Emile Zola (Illustrated)
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5.0 out of 5 stars There but for the Grace..., 26 Jan. 2014
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Loved this, it's a book that women can relate to easily, that - there but for the Grace of God go I- feeling


Offshore
Offshore
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5.0 out of 5 stars atmospheric and touching, 26 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: Offshore (Kindle Edition)
Atmospheric and touching, the lives of people living on the boats of the Thames at Chelsea.
Funny, observant and with child characters who feel so real they might live next door.
Most of all I loved the intimate knowledge the characters have of the river -its tides and its moods, and the language only people closely acquainted with the river- such as the people who work on it- would use.


A Killing of Angels: Alice Quentin 2
A Killing of Angels: Alice Quentin 2
by Kate Rhodes
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars An intelligent read, 25 Oct. 2013
Alice Quentin, Kate Rhode's troubled psychologist- turned detective is drawn into helping increasingly appealing DI Burns solve another series of murders- this time bankers are the victims.
The crimes at the centre of the story are creepy- the killer leaves a 'calling card' of images of angels on each of his victims bodies, but for me the interest lies more in how
Alice will untangle the complexities of her own life- she is drawn to the wrong men, has a brother with serious mental health issues and a problematic mother, yet she battles on, relieving her stress levels by going on runs which take us through the heart of London. Rhodes creates a tense page turning read set against an atmospheric background of streets which change as Alice turns corners, from opulent Mayfair to the darker seamier ends of the city. There is also a fascinating investigation into Angels, their symbolic meanings and their representations in art.
An intelligent read which has far more depth than the usual crime novels.


The Xenophobe's Guide to the Portuguese (Xenophobe's Guides)
The Xenophobe's Guide to the Portuguese (Xenophobe's Guides)
by Matthew Hancock
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Under the skin of Portugal's people, 25 Oct. 2013
Loved this book! It captures the national identity with humour that is at once astute and sympathetic.
The writer clearly knows Portugal inside out and for anyone who wants to get under the skin of the country's people rather than just touching the surface via the usual guidebooks this is a must read.
Perceptive and hilarious.


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