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

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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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The Circle.
Nine friends from high school.
Nine friends for life.

They had been in their final years of school when it happened. There was a party. Shaunna didn’t know who he was; she could only vaguely remember where she’d been and what
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ebook, 354 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Beaten Track Publishing
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David Manuel
Jan 19, 2013 David Manuel rated it it was amazing
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
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Aug 01, 2012 Grammar*Kitten rated it it was amazing
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
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Debbie McGowan
Jun 24, 2012 Debbie McGowan added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Hiding Behind The Couch is available for free on my website:http://www.debbiemcgowan.co.uk/?n1=read.

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
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Laura Susan 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
Jun 26, 2014 Rick Bettencourt rated it it was amazing
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
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Tracy Hibbert
Aug 03, 2012 Tracy Hibbert rated it it was amazing
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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I am hooked on the world of these 9 friends.

I did struggle a little in the beginning, because its a different style of writing than I'm used to, but once I got it, it flowed beautifully.

The characters were well developed and it was great getting into each mind.

Each character had their own story, that worked well with the main plot.
I enjoyed the brief flashbacks into their past, to fill in gaps. It did not bog the story down, or cause distractions. The author stayed on point, only giving what
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Dante Love Fisher
Apr 05, 2016 Dante Love Fisher marked it as to-read
Free on the publisher's website! :D

Kevin
Dec 07, 2015 Kevin added it
I feel as if I'm letting people down by not liking this and not being able to get into it. Even skimming, I simply could not read past the first few chapters.
I have enjoyed four of the author's previous works, but I believe I had to make two attempts to finish "Checking Him Out."
Here, there are simply too many new and unfamiliar people and situations all at once. I can only identify with two or three people at a time and no more. Plus it was too wordy, and even dull, for me to enjoy reading.
I lo
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Dawn
Mar 19, 2015 Dawn rated it it was amazing
I am not sure what I can say to explain the "circle" I love each character equally. There are times in each of Debbie's books that I have some and then something changes and the love is back. I am totally engrossed in these books, these characters and their stories. I have read very few series like this. There is a little bit of everything. This being the real start of the story, I can't tell which book in the series is my favorite. I probably have to say Breaking Waves but Hiding Behind the Cou ...more
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