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My Real Children (Corsair)

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

What is reality anyway ?

This is a clever and elegantly written novel. Patricia is living in a nursing home because she has dementia. She struggles to remember how many children she has, what she did for a living or even how the home itself is laid out. Patricia has lived one of two alternate lives. In one life she makes one decision and in the other she chooses another. The result is two rich and complic ...

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The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History (Arrow)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Subject matter interesting but the writing didn't do it justice

This should have been a great book. The men who searched out the lost works of art that were looted and hidden by the Nazis were dedicated and inventive and they achieved surprising success. The people in occupied territories who kept good records and tried to prevent the wholesale destruction or disappearance of valuable items risked their lives. The whole issue of the looted art ...

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The Sealwoman's Gift (Two Roads)

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

Rich in Detail

It is 1627 and hundreds of Icelandic people are torn from their homeland to become slaves in Algiers. We follow the fate of Asta, the minister's wife, and her family as they struggle for survival. Will Asta ever return to her homeland and what of little Jon born in the hold of the slave ship? He knows no life other than that of a slave boy. The detail in this book is fantastic. The whole book is three dime ...

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Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike) (Sphere)

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

A gripping and enjoyable read

I think that this may well be the best of the three (at present) Cormoran Strike novels. This story concentrates on Robin, his assistant, and her desire to become a detective and on events in Strike's earlier life which may have resulted in body parts being received at his office and attempts being made on their lives. Buy Book Now Read Review

 
 

Doc (Ballantine Books Inc.)

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

A truly great read

This book is based on a period in the life of "Doc" Holliday a consumptive gambler who lived by his wits and was eventually involved in the gunfight at the OK Coral. I don't have a lot of knowledge about the period so I can't testify about the accuracy of the events although the author does state that this particular period in his life is fictionalised although most of the charact ...

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Private Life (Faber & Faber)

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

A marriage that diminishes

This is a very sad book. Margaret marries, in the 1920s and submerges her own personality and dreams in her husband and his scientific work. It is her role to encourage and support him and society will treat her always as inferior to the man in her relationship. As the book progresses you wonder if Margaret will ever break free of her boring and fulfilling marriage especially as w ...

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The Sisters Brothers (Granta Books)

2.0 Stars2.0 Stars  by Anne

Not one for me

I really didn't get on with this book at all but I understand that it has had considerable success and I have heard and seen glowing reviews. I can only conclude that the book is one of those which some people enjoy a lot and others don't get at all. I place myself firmly in the latter camp. I have also seen this book described as darkly funny but it raised no smile from me at any ...

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Mister Monday (The Keys to the Kingdom, Book 1) (HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks)

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

Great fun for older children (and adults !)

This is a book for young teenagers or older children although it can be read and enjoyed by adults - it is some years since I fell into the the teenage category ! It is also the first in a series of seven, each of which will relate to a day in the week so although this book ties up most loose ends satisfactorily you are aware that it is part of a larger story arc. Buy Book Now Read Review

 
 

Little Liar: A nail-biting, gripping psychological thriller (Bookouture)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Rushed Ending

Rosie is a 10 year old with an amazing temper and out of control tantrums. She knows how to push her Mother's buttons so her mother looses control and then Rosie lets rip. They are both balancing close to the edge.  It is a dangerous combination of characters. Mira is the curtain twitching lady next door who finally calls social services - every parent's nightmare. This book was safely heading for a four ...

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The Two Houses: a gripping novel of buried secrets and those who hide them (Hodder & Stoughton)

2.0 Stars2.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Dull - Too Much Description

Jay, a ceramics artist, has had a breakdown. She needs to get away from busy London so she & her husband, Simon, buy Two Houses in a remote area of the dales. The idea is to do it up & have weekends & the odd week away. There is a lot of superstition around Two Houses which was originally one house before a previous owner removed the middle rooms which he felt were haunted. I really struggled with this boo ...

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The Silenced: A dark and electrifying supernatural thriller (Headline)

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

Excellent Action

I loved this book. It starts with an explosive opening which means the reader (and the characters) hit the ground running and don't really pause for breath the entire way through. If you want an action book that keeps you on your toes then this is the one for you. We open as Mallory has just killed a man. She is being hunted. Obadiah Mcintosh isn't having a much better evening as he does the night shift at ...

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The Key: From the #1 bestselling author of The Letter (Headline Review)

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

Interesting but Could Have Been Better

Set in the parallel timelines of 2006 & 1956, this book centres around Ambergate Mental Hospital. In 2006 this building is derelict waiting to be bought up and demolished to make way for new housing. Sarah is researching its history and is keen to find out more about the inhabitants. In 1956 we follow Student Nurse Ellen Crosby on her first day. It is a world that she struggles to inhabit whilst not being c ...

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