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Behind a Closed Door (The Estate Series Book 2)
Behind a Closed Door (The Estate Series Book 2)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good, page-turner, 30 April 2016
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A plot-driven and workmanlike book. Easy to read with simple storylines and characterisation. I may dip into more books from the series.


Evil Games: A gripping, heart-stopping thriller (Detective Kim Stone crime thriller series Book 2)
Evil Games: A gripping, heart-stopping thriller (Detective Kim Stone crime thriller series Book 2)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Evil Games is clever and very scary, 10 April 2016
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This is a very accomplished book which must have required extensive research. It twists and turns throughout and broadens into multiple strands. While it is occasionally confusing and difficult to follow it is ultimately compelling and thrilling and the concluding chapters are pacy and gripping and truly frightening. An exceptional character created by an exceptional author. I will be following Kim Stone and Angela Marson further.


The Third Wife
The Third Wife
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I'd had the talent to write this book., 24 Jan. 2016
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I've never read a more believable book. Evolves absolutely honestly. The geographical setting is for me a downside, but the cliche of moneyed middle-class north London life is made fun of in a refreshing way. Perhaps it's the only place the author knows in which case she's stuck with it for reasons of authenticity, but a move elsewhere to a setting more of us ordinary types inhabit would be pleasant. But the story itself is superbly rolled out. It is a mystery - did Maya kill herself and who made her want to do so? The underlying theme - which I will not discuss or a strand of the richness of the novel is gone -surprised me when laid bare. The multiple characters are each well-drawn and authentic. I will be reading more of this author's work. Enjoy!


What Alice Forgot
What Alice Forgot
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unique book, 2 Oct. 2015
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This book is built on a clever and demanding platform - Alice's sudden loss of memory. Three strands of input from various people gradually unfold the story.

My star rating would have been five but I felt the strand from Elisabeth was rather laborious at times. I will immediately be buying the author's other books - she is very talented and kept me riveted, turning pages faster and faster.


The Lover
The Lover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very clever plotting, 4 May 2015
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Brought the blitz alive for me and interlinked different stories very cleverly. A real page-turner with a breathtaking finale. Immediately bought more of Laura Wilson's books


True Confessions of Margaret Hilda Roberts Aged 14 ¼
True Confessions of Margaret Hilda Roberts Aged 14 ¼
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sue Townsend is priceless, 16 April 2015
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Made me laugh out loud often which is why it merits three stars, but not a patch on good old Adrian Mole because it is surprisingly unsubtle throughout.


The House of Stairs
The House of Stairs
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4.0 out of 5 stars A creative masterclass, 14 April 2015
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The long slow revealing of plot is extremely suspenseful and mysterious but underpinned by clarity most of the time. The book did leave me with unanswered questions but suffice to say that the further I got into the story the faster I turned the pages. What more can anyone say?


The Likes of Us
The Likes of Us
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5.0 out of 5 stars an important look at a past world, 11 Mar. 2015
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Barstow is constantly insightful and preserves a life which is just becoming out of reach to middle-aged Northerners but must surely be worth recording. Yet his themes are universal. He is a dexterous and versatile writer and I am now going to re-read his canon.


From Doon With Death: (A Wexford Case) (Inspector Wexford series Book 1)
From Doon With Death: (A Wexford Case) (Inspector Wexford series Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars very racy for Wexford, 21 Aug. 2014
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Great pace and characterisation.
To think this was Ruth Rendell's first published book amazed me. Such a strong debut.
I find some Wexford novels a bit slow, but not this one.
A real page turner.


The Birthday Present
The Birthday Present
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5.0 out of 5 stars what an amazing booking, 24 Jun. 2014
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This is a real page turner. Unusual in that it has two narrators-confusing at first as the voices change without warning. The plot is complex and intricate and superbly teased out. Read faster and faster as it progressed. I felt the finale was predictable but not predicted within the text. However that does not detract from it in any way. A large number of characters not all of whom are drawn deeply - correct as in keeping with the double narrative voices.

This book made me want to devour more Barbara Vine work.

Next please.


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