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Hiding Behind The Couch (Hiding Behind The Couch #1)

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The Circle: nine friends from high school...

Krissi wants to know who her father is, Josh is going crazy with insomnia, Dan's dangerously out of control...
Welcome to The Circle!

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Nine friends. Their final years of school; the rest of their lives before them.

A party.

Shaunna didn’t know who he was; she could only vaguely remember where she’d been and what she’d been up...more
ebook, 354 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Beaten Track Publishing
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David Manuel
There are novels that have you racing through the pages to get to the exciting climax. Then there are novels with a narrator so compelling you hear the voice in your head as you're trying to fall asleep. And, of course, there are quieter books about people who become more and more familiar to you as you read, drawing you into their lives until you feel less like you're reading a book and more like someone's updating you on the news of your friends. That's how I felt reading Debbie McGowan's Hidi...more
Laura Johnson
Debbie McGowan is a writer's writer. It is pure fun to read her ability to take average, everyday happenings and people/characters and make them honestly fun, engaging and absorbing enough to not want to put the book down! I can't do this book justice review wise because everything I have to say has been said much better by previous reviewers! If you love good writing and are a connoisseur of quality in writing, and of beautiful prose and the effort to really bring a story to life, and if you en...more
Rick Bettencourt
What I like most about this book is the way McGowan uses the third-person narrative as if it's a character in itself. The group of friends in this novel are so close that they practically create a living entity in and of themselves. For this reason alone, I give this book five stars. Writing something like this is not easy.

Additionally, this read reminded me of watching one of my favorite television shows, Coupling. The characters in Hiding Behind the Couch jump off the page (or your Kindle, in...more
To put this in the most blunt of terms, Hiding Behind the Couch is like eating fine Belgian chocolate for the first time after only ever eating Asda Smartprice chocolate.

In the last 4 months, I have read no less than 44 novels, most of which I have enjoyed at least a little. Reading Hiding Behind the Couch has been an eye opening experience and a rare treat; such a rich and indulgent vocabulary that flows so easily across the page is the rarest of precious literary finds.

I wouldn't say the novel...more
Debbie McGowan
Feb 05, 2014 Debbie McGowan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
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I thought it might be useful, given that I am the author, to use this review space to tell you a little about the book and what to expect from it.

This is the first novel in a series, and as such it introduces the characters. Indeed, the series is character-driven throughout. Previous readers / reviewers have suggested that the characters become familiar and grow on you. They become people you know - your friends. It might not be to everyone's liking, but there's only one way to find out!

I've had...more
Tracy Hibbert
I love love love this book. I found myself feeling sorry 4 the characters (well some of them ) and I had 2 know what happened. I just could not put this book down. the author spins a wonderful story around each characters life and keeps you guessing right 2 the very end. I loved it so much I wanted more just so I could find out what the future held 4 my new found 'friends' the characters were so believable I felt like I actually knew them. I would highly recommend this book.
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Author, publisher, social scientist. My academic specialism is gender and sexual politics and identity, so you can expect this to crop up now and then in my writing too! Not in an "in your face" kind of way - subtlety wins hearts and minds.

I live in Lancashire, UK, with family and rescued dogs. It's green and pleasant, and we get long, long, lovely perfumed days in late spring / early summer. My f...more
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