London, 2014. Adopted when just a few months old, Holly Smith has never fitted in. But then she finds a biscuit tin full of yellowing papers under the floorboards of the flat she was born in. Could these papers be the key to her past?
Liverpool, 1981. Fifteen-year-old Darren is negotiating life with his errant mother and younger brother. When the Toxteth Riots begin, Darren finds himself with a moral dilemma.
©2014 Jonathan Harvey (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
"The Girl Who Just Appeared is a wonderful book - gripping and twisty and tender and touching." (Marian Keyes)
Took a while to get into but once I did it was brilliant, the twist at the end I didn't see coming xx really good listen although a slow start keep with it as it's worth it xx
Always looking for a great audible read...........
Holly is adopted. She is on a quest to find her identity and who she truely is. Her struggle. as the story shows is not the preserve of those looking for their birth mothers... but a journey many of take as we try and find out who we are...... If you lived through the eighties, especially if you were in a minority, marching against Thatchers Britain you may particularly enjoy this. It may not be great literature, & may never find itself added to the GCSE study list, BUT it is a very enjoyable, absorbing story, with my kind of hero's. The best audible book I have listened to for quite a while.
I enjoyed the story, humorous at times but why oh why was this actress cast to read the book when she could not 'do' a Scouse accent? It was 'fingers down the blackboard ' awful at times, the worst accent since Dick Van Dyke's stab at a cockney accent in Mary Poppins. Unfortunately that performance spoiled an enjoyable listen for me.
Narration excellent. Characters believable brought to life by convincing accents and mood,atmosphere created. Sorry when it ended.
How annoying is the main character, Holly! Not sure if she was written this way, wrong narrator or me just being a little sensitive but Gawd! Self centred, condescending, self righteous & downright rude in my opinion!
The story is ok, guessed quite early on the outcome, but it's cringeworthy with its cliche descriptions and opinion of North/South divide. I won't be looking for anything else by this author.
I Loved this so much. I predicted where it was going quite early on but u still thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters were so likeable. I think the performances were excellent too and loved the actress who read Hollie's parts.
Some 'laugh out loud' moments!
Really enjoyable and good narrative!
Interesting twist to the story and a step up from usual chic lit!
It wasn't what I expected at all & that was a good thing, I was hooked & couldn't wait to listen to the next part each time i stopped listening. I have to now read all of Jonathan Harvey's other books.
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