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The Essex Serpent: The number one bestseller and British Book Awards Book of the Year
The Essex Serpent: The number one bestseller and British Book Awards Book of the Year
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars God versus Darwin, 27 May 2017
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Like many other reviewers, I found this book to be a mixed bag. It Had been much hyped within Essex bookshops and as I know well the settin of the book, I thought I would give it a go. Some of the key characters are very well draw and the author rightly spends time developing their characters. However, some of the additional characters and their part in the tale almost seem unecessary to the plot but take up a lot of space. Like others, I did feel somewhat dissatisfied with the ending. It almost appears as if the author ran out of steam. I appreciate you do not always need to neatly tie up loose ends as readers have imagination and can use it, but I felt rather deflated at the end.
I think the blurb of the cover almost makes you feel this is going to be some kind of gothic novel. It is not, neither is it a thriller and perhaps that was why I as disappointed and the book didn't fully meet my expectation. Bit is far more an observation of people, their ideas and expectations of love and the question of God versus Darwin.


101 Crochet Stitch Patterns & Edgings: Patterns to Create Everything from Doilies to Afghans (Annies Attic Crochet)
101 Crochet Stitch Patterns & Edgings: Patterns to Create Everything from Doilies to Afghans (Annies Attic Crochet)
by Connie Ellison
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.94

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Great step up from usual granny squares, 16 April 2017
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Brilliant book! I borrowed from our local library and was so impressed, I bought the book. A step on from crocheting granny squares, introducing some relatively straightforward stitches and patterns.
Instructions are good and clear with excellent pictures of each square. Easy instructions to enlarge or reduce the size of the squares.
Well worth the price.


The Good Girl
The Good Girl
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful read, but rather lengthy, 16 April 2017
This review is from: The Good Girl (Kindle Edition)
I was given this book as a gift. Not something I would usually have chosen. As a mother of a son and daughter, the book did make me think about the difficulties teens, parents and teachers face with the worldwide circulation of information through social media. People can now say or do something inappropriate or out of character and very quickly and unwittingly find themselves the centre of unwanted and potentially unwarranted publicity that has an impact on them and those close to them, potentially for the rest of their lives. Complete strangers can view the posts and make way off judgements, based on a short video clip such as that undertaken by Romy in the story. Yet her parents have both committed indiscretions, which have also caused significant impact on others, but either gotten away with it or managed damage limitation. Although Aisla is a school head, she seems particularly ignorant of risks attached to social media, especially to teens. Jay's parents seem similarly unaware, or reluctant to take action. I suspect this is true in real life and the majority of parents still believe their child would not become victims in the same way as Romy or Jay, or be part of the culture that shares inappropriate social media posts.
The book was well written, but too lengthy and by 3/4 of the way through, I was getting fed up with the lengthy scientific theories espoused by Romy's father, or the hippy clap trap of the neighbours. I felt the final denoument, involving the younger brother of Romy, to be unecessary and didn't add anything to the story.
Overall, I think it was brave for the author to highlight the issues and dangers represented in the book and would suggest parents of teens may think very carefully after reading it!


Pen 33: Ewert Grens 1 (DCI Ewert Grens)
Pen 33: Ewert Grens 1 (DCI Ewert Grens)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Unnecessarily graphic at times, so beware!!, 28 Mar. 2017
It is difficult to review this book in detail without giving away the plot. Although it is essentially a crime novel, you are aware fairly early on who the police are looking for in relation to awful child abduction and murder cases. BE WARNED, some detail of the crimes is very graphic - unnecessarily so in my opinion.

The book moves from the crime to what becomes a questioning of law versus social morals and ethics.
DCI Ewart Grens, the senior police officer wasn't characterised as well as many other fictional detectives, for example, Rebus, Bosch or Harry Hole. My impression of him after reading the book is that he likes an old fashioned Swedish singer and rarely goes home! There isn't a great deal of depth to his character and little charisma. There is no reference to any background story, yet he is described as a police officer nearing the end of his career.
The story does move at a reasonable pace and I did complete it. However, I did skip some of the more graphic descriptions which were repeated on more than one occasion.


One Little Mistake: The gripping eBook bestseller
One Little Mistake: The gripping eBook bestseller
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4.0 out of 5 stars A rather predictable page turner, 14 Mar. 2017
This was an easy, if at times troubling read. It becomes clear fairly quickly how the flashbacks to Katya fit in with the present day. It is also fairly predictable, as are other elements of the plot. Don't let this put you off, as the story is a fast paced page turner.
One key factor that troubled me in reading this book was the way in which the key male protagonists were portrayed. None of them come out as strong characters and the weaknesses they display really plays to stereotypes. It is difficult to elaborate on this without giving the plot away.
The plot itself develops well and draws you in.
All the characters display a lack of honesty with regard to their relationships with each other. The impact of this dishonesty is profound and affects everyone involved with Vicky, Amber and Katya.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star, 9 Mar. 2017
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Very thin tape. Difficult to pop the studs together. Very little space to stitch along the tape
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Apple Tree Yard
Apple Tree Yard
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Be careful what you wish for!, 9 Mar. 2017
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This review is from: Apple Tree Yard (Kindle Edition)
Interesting story line. Difficult to offer much of a review without giving away the plot. Book much better than the tv series. Most of the characters are flawed human beings, like most of us. What starts as an out of character, impulsive encounter leads to many repercussions and a criminal court case.


Pretty Girls: A Novel
Pretty Girls: A Novel
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive, sickening and gratuitous violence against women, 9 Mar. 2017
I have read several of Karen Slaughter's books and enjoyed most of them. However, I have become increasingly perturbed by the seeming increase and repetitiveness of the gratuitous and highly graphic violence toward women. Be warned, this book is the worst of Slaughters books that I have picked up in this respect. I do think a warning should appear on the cover as once you have read some of the description of violence, you cannot unread it and it could play on your mind or give you a sleepless night. I did not finish the book for these reasons and really wish I had not read any of it. I am not feint hearted, but this book was too much for me.


The Wrong Side of Goodbye (Harry Bosch Series)
The Wrong Side of Goodbye (Harry Bosch Series)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ageing Bosch still has it!, 18 Jan. 2017
I really enjoyed the latest Bosch instalment. Some writers of detective fiction appear to have difficulty in allowing their characters to age appropriately. Not Connelly. Bosch has moved on in his work, resulting in work which enables him to use brain more than brawn and at a slightly slower tempo. However, this does not detract from two intertwined stories. Harry is picking up a case in his PI role that appears a straightforward search for a possible heir to an ageing billionaire. The other story, connected to his new voluntary role with a small local police force, involves a serial rapist. Long term characters appear, including Harry's half brother Mickey Haller. There is some conflict between Harry's dual roles, so it will be interesting to see where Connelly takes him next. Although slightly mellowed, Harry still doesn't suffer fools gladly and there are a few spats with his new colleagues, just to prove he hasn't changed too much!
Bosch might be getting older but he is still going strong - long may it continue


Broken Heart: David Raker Missing Persons #7
Broken Heart: David Raker Missing Persons #7
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well written thriller, 19 Oct. 2016
This is the first Tim Weaver book I have read and will certainly give the others in the series a go. The tension in the story builds slowly. However, there are times when the back story gets a bit convoluted and I felt the plot was becoming almost too complicated, to the detriment of the overall story. I appreciate this is book number 7 and I haven't read the others, but I didn't feel like I really got to know much about the lead character. References to his private life are few and far between, so you don't get much of a sense of him as a person. I can't say much without giving a plot line away, but I found the interaction, or lack of it between Riker and Craw just didn't ring true.
The book was well written. Nice to find an author who doesn't use lots of expletives and obviously takes time in creating well phrased narrative. Looking forward to reading the other Riker books.


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