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The Book Thief (Black Swan)

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

Quirky style hides a harrowing tale

Liesel is taken into a family in a small German town when her mother can no longer care for her. It is the period of Nazi rule in Germany and people are forced to do terrible and unlikely things to survive - this is a constant theme in the book as Liesel lives her new life in her strange family, makes friends, adapts to having a fugitive living in the basement, and begins to defin ...

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The Dark and Hollow Places (Forest of Hands & Teeth 3) (Gollancz)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Disappointing

This is the third in this series and I felt that it was the weakest. The three books are all connected and there is a sort of story arc between them but they don't form a true trilogy. The first book ("The Forest of Hands and Teeth") featured Mary who escaped from her village through the zombie infested forest. The second book ("The Dead Tossed Waves") featured her daughter. This ...

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Indian Summer (Corgi)

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

A Comfortable Read

I have read books by Marcia Willet in the past & found her a very relaxing writer. Her books tend to lean towards the "cosy" style with a little bit of an extra twist. This book lived up to this style and was very enjoyable. The story is set around a very small community of people consisting of aging actor, Sir Mungo and his houseguest Kit, Mungo's brother Archie and his wife Camilla and the young army wif ...

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Carved in Bone: A Body Farm Novel (Harper)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

All a bit predictable

The idea of this is fascinating as the main character is a forensic pathologist and works in the body farm of the series title. He becomes involved when a body is found in a cave and he is called in to pass an opinion on how long it has been there and how it got into this state. As is usual with professionals in this type of work (in fiction at least) he becomes more heavily involved in the investigation an ...

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Cold Earth (Granta Books)

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

True suspense and tension

A group of archaeologists and similar experts are on a dig in a remote area of Iceland. There are tensions within the group, challenges to the leadership, each of them has a different motive and they have all left civilisation as a flu-like illness was becoming a pandemic. As their communication with the outside world breaks down so does the communication within the group and suddenly they are not just afra ...

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Out of Bounds (Sphere)

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

Excellent read which grips from the start

Karen Pirie is that stock character in crime fiction, a maverick detective who doesn't know when to stop investigating and who is a thorn in the side of her bosses. That is the only way in which Karen is a stereotype though as she connects a number of cases and tries to make her way through the ethical and moral dilemmas that the investigations throw up. Challenged by circumstance ...

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A Great Reckoning (Chief Inspector Gamache) (Sphere)

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

Excellent - subtle and clever

Louise Penny's series character Chief Inspector Gamache has been appointed head of the police academy. He finds a culture of fear and corruption and is forced to make changes, although many of these are incomprehensible to his colleagues and, at first, to the reader. As the story progresses we begin to understand what he is doing and why but there is a murder which may involve som ...

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Down Station (Gollancz)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

A new world with new rules

The idea in this book was original and really deserved more stars but, unfortunately, I found the characters and the writing rather let it down leaving me feeling unengaged with the book as a whole. A group of people find themselves in an underground tunnel in London including Mary and Dalip who are our main ch ...

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Lily Alone: A gripping and emotional drama (HarperImpulse)

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

Started Well Then Tailed Off

Three year old Lily awakes from her daytime nap and calls for her Mum. Mummy never comes. Lily is alone in the flat with just Archie, her bear. In a hospital not so very far away is a young woman is in a coma. Her last word was "Lily"........ This story started really well. We had various threads - Lily alone in the flat, the unknown woman in the hospital, the elderly lady in the flat below Lily and Lily's ...

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Two Lives (Abacus)

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

Exceptional lives

I found this an absolutely compelling read about the author's uncle and his wife. Shanti came from India to Germany to train as a dentist where he met Henny, a young Jewish woman. Eventually Shanti went on to London to work and eventually Henny escaped from Germany too and the pair married and made a life toge ...

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A Small Person Far Away (HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks)

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

A brilliant ending to this series - how Anna grew up

Judith Kerr's first autobiographical novel was "When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit" which is the story of her escape from pre-war Berlin with her family as a child. The book is very much told from a child's point of view and is normally marketed as a children's book although I think that any adult would find it compelling reading. In "Bombs on Aunt Dainty" the author tells of her life ...

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The Secret of Summerhayes (HQ)

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

Light Romance - Better Than Average

It is wartime & Beth is a companion to an elderly lady, Alice Summers, who lives in a country house with the army camped out in the grounds. Alice's daughter disappeared years ago but who is sending the mysterious letters? Will Beth fall for the local landowner or the young soldier whose past is mysterious? To be honest this isn't an original book and it is rather predictable. It didn't take long for me to ...

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