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This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
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My first graphic novel! The illustrations draw you into this absorbing story of two friends on their regular summer holidays with family, where things happen that make them realise change is in the air.
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She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge
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Competent, well-written whodunnit that keeps you guessing until the very end.
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Transcription by Kate Atkinson
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I listened to this as an audiobook on a long journey between South West Wales and Newcastle upon Tyne. Thoroughly absorbing and atmospheric, the story-telling is brilliant and the characterisation top-notch. Another super read from Kate Atkinson!
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You Were Gone by Tim Weaver
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I listened to this as an audiobook, initially on a 5-hour car journey. It is an absorbing psychological thriller. Totally implausible, but that didn't take away my enjoyment of finding out what had really been going on, nor did it stop me listening t ...more
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The Last Chance Hotel by Nicki Thornton
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Wonderful prose, great characterisation and a magical story - what more could you want from a children's book?
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Life and Times of a Police Photographer by Michael Lawrence
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I couldn't finish this book. By 18% through (on my Kindle), I was skim-reading it. By 26%, I gave up altogether. Apart from making numerous grammatical errors, which really put me off, the author dwelt on tedious, departmental anecdotes which he port ...more
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Dark Pines by Will Dean
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Super characterisation. I particularly liked the matter-of-fact way in which the author handled the main character's deafness - not as a disability but something she had to deal with on a daily basis, especially when getting lost in a damp, insect-in ...more
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When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy
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This is an important book - about a young wife's struggles within an abusive marriage - but not one I could finish. I gave up almost exactly half way through. Why? Despite the beautiful prose and poetic moments, there was no pace, little plot. The ch ...more
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Smoke and Ashes by Abir  Mukherjee
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A thoroughly absorbing story, which I enjoyed as an audiobook on a very long car journey. The political unrest in India at the time time of Gandhi is the backdrop to this crime novel which sees Captain Sam Wyndham and his sidekick 'Surrender-not' Ban ...more
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The Cider House Rules by John Irving
The Cider House Rules
by John Irving (Goodreads Author)
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As always, John Irving's beautifully drawn characters and settings pull you in to this wonderful, imaginative story about an orphan, Homer Wells and Dr Wilbur Larch, the orphanage's head. Women come to the St. Cloud's orphanage either to have their b ...more
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