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The Rest of Us Just Live Here (Walker Books)

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

What happened to the others

This is such a clever book and having read it I shall now not be able to read YA novels about the paranormal quite the same again. The author is writing about the other teenagers - those who are not part of the great events that save the world. Those great events are going on around the group of teenagers in this story and we get updates on what is happening in the narrative but a ...

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Housekeeping (Faber & Faber)

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

Compelling but strange

Lucille and Ruth, who is the narrator of this novel, have been orphaned and are being cared for haphazardly by various female members of their family when their aunt Sylvie, who is a drifter, becomes their carer. The live together in the family home in the town of Fingerbone which is almost surrounded by water - water has taken the lives of previous family members. Sylvie is not a ...

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Dear Mother: A gripping and emotional story that will make you sob your heart out (Bookouture)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

A bit too passive for me

This isn't a thriller or suspense story but an emotional tale of three sisters and their differing reactions to parental abuse. When their mother dies the estranged sisters come together and have to face what has happened to them and also the different responses of their siblings. The book is mostly told from the point of view of one sister. Buy Book Now Read Review

 
 

Family Secrets: Shame and Privacy in Modern Britain (Oxford University Press, USA)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Great idea but the execution didn't really work for me

This book seemed to me to be an interesting subject but sadly I found that it was disjointed in the way it was put together and that the time span and range of areas covered were so wide that it was difficult to come to any sort of conclusion. The book is about families with "shameful" secrets as defined more o ...

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Katwalk (Kat Colorado Mystery series) (Headline)

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

Enjoyable read

There are a number of series about female investigators and this is as good as any, although I notice that the books do not appear to be currently in print in the UK. It reminds me of Sara Peretsky or Sue Grafton and is of that vintage (no mobile phones here). Kat has the required chequered past and associated ...

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Songs of Innocence and of Experience: Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul (Oxford Pape (OUP Oxford)

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

Poems and illustrations which interlink

The version I have is published by the Oxford University Press and has reproductions of the illustrations which the author painted and which are very much part of the poetry. Unfortunately, the reproductions of the illustrations are the same size as the original which is about a third of the size of the printed page; if they were bigger I would have been able to see the detail bet ...

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Come Twilight (Long Beach Homicide) (Thomas & Mercer)

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

Involving narrative

I have enjoyed reading this series and I would encourage those new to it to start with the first book and follow them through - this is because the characters and situations develop over time in a real and believable way. In this book, for example, Danny has reached some form of happiness as he has a relationship and is beginning to cope better with the pain in his hand and the lo ...

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We're Going on a Bear Hunt: My Adventure Field Guide (Walker Books Ltd)

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

Great for a Family

This is a lovely book all bout exploring the outdoors. The connection with the story "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" means that much of the content is ideal for children under about 7 years of age. However the text in the book is written for a much older person. Ideally this is the sort of book to be used for a family day out where the text is read by the adult but the younger children can do the exploring and ...

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Goblin (Freight Books)

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

Complex but Fascinating

Goblin is rejected and derided by her Mother who constantly refers to her as Goblin-runt. She runs wild on the streets of pre-war & wartime London with her friends Mac & Stevie as well as her dog, Devil. Goblin lives in a world of stories. She creates a whole fantasy world around herself, her friends and anyone who would listen. This keeps away the terrible fact that her mother hates her & provides a world ...

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The Other Hoffmann Sister (Little, Brown)

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

Would Have Liked More Historical Depth

This is set in pre-WWI Colonial German Africa and then progresses back to Germany until the post WWI communist unrest. The Hoffmann family live in Africa for many years, farming, where their two young daughters Margarete and Ingrid grow up to their mid teens. Once back in Germany we build up to the marriage of Margaret to Baron Von Ketz, a friend from the years in Africa, her later disappearance & the real ...

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House of the Hanged (Harper)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Creates an excellent atmosphere but the characters are not very well developed

It is the 1930s and Tom lives on the Riviera in a relaxed style which hides the fact that in the past he was a spy and heavily involved in Russia. When an attempt is made on his life he has to maintain the fa├žade but also try to find out what is happening and prevent it affecting his friends and especially his beloved god-daughter. Buy Book Now Read Review

 
 

Vicious (Titan Books)

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

A very unusual book

Victor and Eli are at university together. As part of their studies they start looking at people who have developed extraordinary/super human abilities and what might have caused this. They find a way that may develop these abilities in themselves and Eli tries it first - their relationship will never be the same again and Victor will spend the next few years in prison. Released, ...

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