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Bethany Gordon

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Character Driven

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-09-19

The story of three women separated from their children for very different reasons, centred mainly around Rachel. There are indications that Rachel is at fault for her current situation and is struggling to come to terms with it. Meeting Leona and Viv gives her some focus and allows her to start rebuilding her life. This was very much a character led book, not what I expected originally from the summary, but very good. Moving from the past to present to set the scene it drew you in with superb story telling and narration so you wanted to know what happened to the three women and their children.

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Brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-19

Wow, what a book. It's took me a few days after finishing listening to it to try and review it. The first few chapters set the scene, however when Dean goes to Room 119 the story really takes off. Very poignant in places, with a great set of characters and a storyline that weaves in and out of different stories and times. All about second chances and "what ifs" it made you think about what you have and what's important. A brilliant book and definitely one of the best I've listended to.

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Something a bit different

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-08-19

I'm not sure how to describe this book. Amusing, surreal, different. It took me a bit of time to really grasp what was going on but I really enjoyed it. Loved the characters of Morag, Rob, Nina and Vivien, they were all totally different, slightly odd and mad in their own way but came together to make a great team. A few laugh out loud chuckle moments and the narrator did an amazing job.

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Fast paced

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-07-19

The second book in the Whitley and Keal series, which built on the characters in the first so you get to know them better. Who killed two young girls causing them horrific injuries, that is the question the detectives face this time, whilst at the same time having personal issues to deal with. The book moves at a fast pace bringing the pieces of the puzzle together. I look foward to listening to book three.

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Contemporary romance

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-19

A contemporary romance where the story and pace gradually build up through the book. The story seemed a bit slow to begin with but I got drawn into the story of Sarah and Leo. To say much more would give the story away, but this was a well narrated audio book that I enjoyed and I would read more of Alissa Del’s work.

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A supernatural mystery

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-06-19

An imaginative mystery story set around a missing persons story, with a bit of a supernatural element best describes this book. I loved the setting and the characters in the book all of whom brought their own element to the story. Not what I expected at all, but it took a standard mystery story, gave it a twist or two, added in some supernatural elements and captivated me. It was an easy listen, with good narration and kept the Funicular at the centre of the story. I really hope that we see Bob Dixon again.

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Great listen

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-06-19

A dystopian novel set after World War III where the world is looking for a leader. Step up Eric Dane who everyone looked up to and believed, however is his truth really the truth as he wants the population to believe. The resistance would disagree and at its heart Eric's wife Rebecca who leads the struggle to free the people from his rule.

With a great cast of characters who come together to fight for the cause and some surprising twists, this book leads you on a great adventure and keeps you listening to the end. I'm looking forward to seeing how the story progresses in book two.

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Fast paced

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-05-19

A book that never stopped, fast paced with loads of twists and turns. Becky the central character was someone you thought you understood only for it all to change and then change again. A gritty, complicated, mad character who drew you into her world and her story. The pace made you want to keep listening to see what happened next. An engaging read, well narrated and I didn’t want to stop listening to find out what happened.

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Did he really kill his parents?

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-05-19

Could a 10 year old boy really kill his parents. Although the basis of the book it was more about the characters involved in his story and their lives. Brad's story brought them together. This was definitely a book which is setting the characters for future novels, however this didn't detract from it. Hard to put this book in a specific genre as it was a bit crime, mystery and relationships all thrown in together. There were some great characters and it will be interesting how their stories develop in the rest of the series. Told from the view of the main characters in turn, the story gradually builds to its outcome. An interesting read, that wasn't quite what I expected when I started, but quicky drew me in. I'm looking forward to listening to more from the series.

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A captivating listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-19

What a beautiful book to listen to. I was captivated by the story from beginning to end. The narration was just the right pace and tone to bring the book and characters to life. You could really imagine the time it was set in and both the hope and despair of people just after the war and saw how it affected them in different ways. By switching between the characters you got to know them and their thoughts and gradually their individual stories. This was a book I didn't really want to end but knew it had to. It will stay with me for a long time.