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After She Vanished (Hachette Books Ireland)

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

Loved the Main Character

David Dunnigan is a dysfunctional criminologist who works for the Garda (police - this is set in Ireland) and as a lecturer at the university. We actually arrive almost 20 years after the big event in Dunnigan's life - the day his 4 year old niece, Beth, disappeared whilst they were out Christmas shopping. Dunnigan has been a wreck and is now barely functioning with dreadful social skills and a bare existan ...

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White Trash Gothic ()

1.0 Stars  by Stephen Found

Trash is the operative word here

I once read a review of 50 Shades of Grey which I can paraphrase as "I love this book because it convinces me I could write a better one.". That's how I feel about this book except that there is really nothing to love about it. It classes itself as Extreme Horror but to me the word horror means something that scares me or unsettles me and stays in my thoughts for a long time after I stop reading. To my defi ...

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The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain's Greatest Dynasty (Hodder Paperbacks)

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

Nothing very new here but an interesting read

The book aims to tell its readers about the private and seemingly unimportant details of the lives of the Tudor monarchs. In that it does succeed and it is interesting to concentrate on the minutia of their lives. The author gives a brief overview of the politics and main events of the time but she concentrates on the aspects of the lives of royalty which are often a footnote or j ...

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The Color Purple (W&N)

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

Harrowing but hopeful

Set in rural Georgia in the 1930s this book is a deserved classic. It is the harrowing tale of Celie, a black woman raped by her father and with children she isn't allowed to see who is married to a man who abuses her. As time progresses we see Celie without hope, separated from her sister and also buying into the idea that marital abuse is normal and even desirable. Then she meet ...

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The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium Trilogy Book 2) (Quercus Publishing Plc)

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

Gripping from the first page

I read and enjoyed the first book in this series but I loved this one a lot more mostly because it was faster paced. I also liked the fact that Lisbeth was at the centre of the book although Blomqvist also features again as do one or two characters from the first book. The book starts as soon as the first one stops and follows both main characters after the events of the first sto ...

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The Spaces in Between: the most dangerous lies are the lies we tell ourselves... (RedDoor Publishing Ltd)

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

Unusual

This is one of those really strange books which stayed with me for days after I had finished it. There are several ways to look at the events in this book and once finished was left with questions - not because the book was incomplete but because there were parts of it open to interpretation. Nicholas is an impoverished student in 1968 Paris. There are student riots, his visa is out of date, the university ...

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The Dark Angel: Ruth Galloway 10 (The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries) (Quercus)

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

Great Character Development - Not a Very Strong Plot

Dr Ruth Galloway is asked to go to Italy to look at some bones by an eminent Italian archaeologist, Angelo Morelli. It just so happens that Angelo is quite attractive and they had a quick fling in the past. So Ruth and her daughter Kate decide to have a working holiday acompanied by Ruth's friend Shona and her son Louis. Unsuprisingly a murder is involved with a dash of intrigue. Nelson is not happy being l ...

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Ink and Bone (Novels of the Great Library) (Allison & Busby)

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

Fast paced and imaginative YA novel

This is an exceptional young adult fantasy novel which takes many of the themes which we expect in such a novel and turns them into an exciting and original story.   This is an alternative world in which the great library at Alexandria was never destroyed and where all books ar ...

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Max Seventeen (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)

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

Twisty and entertaining

This is sort of science fiction. It is sort of romance. It is a bit of a suspense novel. In places it is very, very funny. It also has some interesting things to say about what it means to be female. All of this is wrapped up in an action packed and fast moving adventure story with our two heroes Riley and Max who end up on a space ship with no one they trust trying to keep alive ...

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The Scarlet Sisters: My nanna’s story of secrets and heartache on the banks of the River Thames (Ebury Press)

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

Very readable memoir - emotional in places

This is a family memoir of one woman's investigation into the lives of her grandmother and her sisters. The family aren't particularly unusual or notable but they are a normal working class family and the book is stronger because of that. The author switches between her own life and that of her family and although her own struggles are interesting, at times sad, and often relevant ...

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The Sorceress and the Postgraduate (Matador)

2.0 Stars2.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Poor Plot & Characters

I loved the concept of this book - a 15th century sorceress, Constance, is hidden in a bottle to escape death. The idea is that she is freed in a short period of time. Things don't go to plan and she is entombed until the 21st century. Freed by a postgraduate student, Darcy, together they both head off on a series of adventures. What an excellent idea for a book and it is that alone which allows this a two ...

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The Wolves of Winter (HQ)

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

Feel the Cold of a Yukon Winter

There are a large number of post-apocalyptic books on the market at the moment. I have to confess that they are fast becoming one of my favourite genres. This is quite a simple post-apocalyptic book in the sense that we are several years down the line. We know about the nuclear explosion & the following flu but that is merely background. We don't actually live through the events or their recent aftermath. ...

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