A very easy book to read. The story is told by Harrison, (Harri,) Opoku an eleven year old boy who has recently arrived from Ghana.
Harri's sheer exuberance at learning his new home's culture is infectious.
The story opens when Harri sees a scene of crime near to his home. He and his friend decide that they will be detectives and help find out what has happened. Their naivety is touching, as they try to collect fingerprints and DNA, not really knowing what they are doing.
The end four months later is a surprise to the reader, and I won't spoil your reading pleasure.
I can honestly say it is a book I will remember for a long time to come.
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Please, please, please do not add into the novel a section of the forthcoming novel by the same author.
It took me all afternoon to establish that I haven't yet read "Lasting Damage" by Sophie Hannah...all I had done is read the introductory chapters at the end of the previously published novel of Sophie Hannah's
I nearly put Lasting Damage aside, convinced that I had already read it.
Take note publishers...a preview of "soon to be published" novels are good, but word for word, you might get readers not reading the next one as they think they already have done
I did continue reading and realised that I had only read a "taster" of "Lasting Damage", but beware! Not everyone will do, some might reject as having read before
The monochromatic counterpart to The Woman in White?
Seriously, although this book is an easy and engaging read, I'm afraid I prefer the Wilkie Collins book.
At 200 pages long it seems a little long. I know that seems an odd observation to make, but The Woman in Black is a ghost story, and without the preamble from Arthur Kipps where he is told it is his turn to recall a ghost story, I doubt the story would have warranted a whole book to itself.
I did enjoy it, just have enjoyed other books more.
It would be interesting to see how it is portrayed in film, but will wait for it's eventual showing on TV to make my mind up.
Well, this one hasn't disappointed at all. I love S J Bolton's books she knows just how to build up the tension and keep her readers guessing.
Now you see me is a crime thriller, and very well crafted. The central character is Lacey Flint who finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation when a woman dies in her arms after being murdered in a particularly horrific way. As the story progresses you find yourself mentally shouting at her to "not do that", but let's be honest, a thriller wouldn't be a thriller if everyone did the sensible thing all the time.
It appears that there is a copycat killer loose on the streets of London, and they aren't copying any old murderer, they are copying one of the most notorious, Jack the Ripper.
The book kept me hooked from beginning to end, a brilliant book.
Christine has a very specific type of amnesia. Whilst she is awake she forms memories, and can sometimes remember snatches of her life before the accident, however, every time she goes to sleep she forgets.
Can she trust her husband who she should be able to trust? Is he telling her the truth? How will she know?
A very deep and at time unsettling book, but a very good one.
A brilliant book.
Fevvers is the toast of Europe, but is she a fake? American journalist, Jack Walser, decides to find out, but ends up falling for Fevvers and joining the circus in order to be near her.
This novel has lots of Carter's trademark themes. In order to enjoy the novel completely you must suspend belief in what is true and what isn't, as there are dancing tigers educated apes, the leader of which overthrows their trainer and arranges a new contract.
A thoroughly enjoyable book.
This novel starts off with the mother of Wendy attacking her with a knife at her birthday party. It then winds time forward roughly ten years, Wendy and her brother Matt are living with their Aunty. Wendy is constantly being thrown out of school, so a new one has to be found. Her only true friend is her brother.
Another outcast type kid arrives at the school and soon Wendy and Finn are making tentative friends, until he tells her something about herself she doesn't know, Wendy refuses to believe it, then the situation escalates.
I won't spoil it by revealing any more of the plot apart from saying that it is a very fast paced book, and if you read it and can engage with it, you won't want to put it down until it is finished.