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In a Cottage In a Wood: The gripping new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of The W (HarperCollins)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Well Plotted

Neve is a bit of a flaky character. Sleeping in her sister's spare room after breaking up with her boyfriend, she is barely managing. Her work is basic, her lack of money is a problem, as is her drinking. She needs to grow up and take responsiblity instead of acting like a teenager. One night walking home along Waterloo Bridge a woman  she talks to briefly jumps off the bridge in front of her. This leaves ...

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The Art of Hiding (Lake Union Publishing)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Nina Becomes a Strong Woman

Nina McCarrick is a showpiece wife of Finn McCarrick, CEO of a successful construction firm. Their two boys are at an exclusive private school, there is a swimming pool in the garden and Nina has little to do but make sure that life is perfect for her family. One day her world shatters. She loses Finn , the house, the schools and their way of life in a matter of days. This is a voyage of discovery for Nina ...

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The Future Homemakers of America (Harper Perennial)

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Anne

An excellent read

This book is about female friendship and the lifelong relationships between a group of women who are wives of American air force personnel posted to Britain, Norfolk in particular, in the 1950s. There are lots of books on the market almost idolising lifelong friendships between women but this author is much more realistic. The women are believable and what happens to them seems re ...

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My Brilliant Friend: 1 (Europa Editions)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Just didn't engage me

This is a good book, I am glad I read it, but I am not entirely sure that I really enjoyed it although it is difficult to work out exactly why. It is a novel set in a poor, working class area of Naples in the 1950s. There is a prologue set in the present day and the action then reverts back to the childhood of the two women/girls Elena and Lila. Issues raised in the prologue are n ...

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Jonathan Unleashed (Bloomsbury Paperbacks)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Anne

A feelgood novel about changing your life (with dogs)

In theory Jonathan lives an ideal life. He works in advertising for a stationery company and lives in New York. He will soon be married to a successful woman who doesn't want to change him - much. Then he agrees to look after two dogs for his brother and they change his life. He puts their needs ahead of his own and begins to realise how unsatisfying his life really is and how sha ...

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The Coffin Path (Headline Review)

2.0 Stars2.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Didn't Work For Me

As a lover of both ghost stories and historical novels I was very much looking forward to this book. This book is set in a 17th century village where superstitions abound despite the puritan church. Scarcross Hall sits on top of the moor casually employing both locals & transient workers for the lambing and harvesting periods. As her father is faltering through age the running of the farm falls to Mercy, ...

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Blood Memory Society (Giro Di Mondo)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Entertaining Fast Action

There is a small, elite group of people who inherit memories from their ancestors. This means that instead of learning from scratch they are building on previous memories making them more able to progress and make new discoveries, write better music and so on. The US government is nurturing a project to increase the number of people with "blood memory" but needs help from a leading fertility expert, Will Du ...

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Animal Town (Austin Macauley Publishers)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Nice Little Story

This is a handy sized little book which is ideal for children aged around 4-5. Chantelle finds animal town at the bottom of the garden and we follow the story of the animals within their town and on their annual picnic. The book has short chapters which can all be read in one sitting or left over for another day. There is a reasonable amount of writing per p ...

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Lulu Meets the King of Poo (Austin Macauley Publishers)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Surprisingly Interesting

This is a surprisingly interesting book about what happens to food between your mouth and the remains leaving your body. It is done using a little girl called Lulu who falls asleep with tummy ache and dreams that she travels through her body and meets the various microbes on the way who explain their different jobs. I like the level of language used in this b ...

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Lost Balls (Austin Macauley Publishers)

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Novel idea - Great Fun

This was a surprisingly enjoyable book. What a fun idea to view the world from the persective of balls! This is the story of tennis ball who finds himself under the school gym with a host of other balls - football, rugby ball, marbles, cricket ball, basketball and so on. Tennis ball is not prepared to remain there as a lost ball and goes on various adventures. This is a fun book which I found eas ...

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The Wrong Child (Freight Books)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Dark & Harsh

A terrible accident happens in a small, fairly isolated village. The school building collapses and there is only one survivor. The rest of the children and their teacher are killed. The village mourns for the lost generation. However it also mourns that the surviving child is "Dog" Evans. This tragedy sets in motion a series of events within the village leaving no lives untouched. This is a very hard book ...

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The Foster Child (Headline)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

All the Ingredients for a Good Pschological Thriller

Is foster child, Ellie Atkinson a witch as people have been saying? Not just the children but the adults too? Or is she just a traumatised 11 year old who is not getting the support she needs? Case worker, Imogen, is new to the job and sees herself in Ellie. The young girl who didn't get the support she needed but is it Ellie who needs this support or her stressed foster mother & the school? This book has ...

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