Ella is a girl who sews. This is the identity she holds on to throughout her imprisonment in Auschwitz. Along with the other seamstresses she makes frElla is a girl who sews. This is the identity she holds on to throughout her imprisonment in Auschwitz. Along with the other seamstresses she makes friends with, Ella makes clothes for Guards in exchange for the 'luxury' of a job as dressmaker indoors. She sews to survive whilst witnessing the many horrors of a work camp where falling ash is a common sight. This is a beautifully written tale. I fell in love with Ella and her best friend Rose. I wished, along with them, that they would get their dream dress shop once they escaped. I smiled at their stories and cried at their heartbreak. This is a beautiful story about a girl who holds on to her identity no matter what. This is the story of a girl who has hope. This is the story of Ella, who sews....more
Jane Tennison is a detective who witnesses an IRA bomb attack and is left to deal with the aftermath both at work and in her personal life. I was leftJane Tennison is a detective who witnesses an IRA bomb attack and is left to deal with the aftermath both at work and in her personal life. I was left constantly wondering which characters I should and shouldn't trust, and was completely gripped by the amount of detail that this novel contains about the work involved after an attack like this.
I haven't read a novel by Lynda La Plante before this one and feel like I have been missing out. I do love a good mystery with twists throughout but this is the first Crime based novel I have read. I didn't know if I would get on with the main character because I couldn't identify with her at all to start with, but as the book progressed I started to like her more and more. The actual storyline is not as fast paced as I expected but still had me staying up late to find out what would happen next. There were a few twists I wasn't expecting that kept me captivated and hungry for more. Jane Tennison is a character I enjoyed following and rooting for and although the bomb hits a little close to home I really enjoyed getting an insight into the work involved in these cases. A very detailed crime novel that tackles gritty subjects, including sexism, wonderfully. ...more
i have been drawn to this book on several occasions and finally decided to buy it. i love these types of kidnap books and i started reading it 10 minui have been drawn to this book on several occasions and finally decided to buy it. i love these types of kidnap books and i started reading it 10 minutes after leaving the shop. i found it hard to put down at night and stayed up until 4am reading because i just needed to know what was going to happen next. the last 40 or so pages progressed quite quickly to what could have been an excellent, dramatic ending but it just didnt.. it just slowed right back down and ended on, quite literally, a few pages of nothing. the first 2/3 of the book had me completely gripped and my heart raced. but the ending dragged the rating down unfortunately. admittedly im glad it wasnt the typical ending, but it just didnt make me feel anything....more