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Elizabeth Anderson

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After lots of anxiety about Tony and Carol

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

Reviewed: 26-08-19

I was delighted when I learned that Val McDermid had written again about Tony and Carol as the previous devastating and powerful story in the series had such a shocking end. I enthusiastically downloaded it the day it was published but found the story rather tame compared with others in this series. Also it relies on issues which have been current in recent films, other novels and TV series so there was nothing fresh in the idea. In addition the audible narrator uses a slow speaking pace which I find less than satisfactory, so on the whole I was disappointed.
However if Val intends to continue the series featuring some favourite characters like Paula and Stacy as well as Tony and Carol in new manifestations then How the Dead Speak offers a bridge to that place. I hope she does.

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A portrait of a modern marriage

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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: 24-06-19

Really enjoyed this story. It was sad, funny and astonishingly realistic. I loved the way Douglas is portrayed racing panic stricken through Italy and the descriptions of Europe’s art.

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Can't stop listening

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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: 25-07-16

I really enjoyed Book 8 much more than 7. I keep trying to calculate how old Jamie and Claire are in this story and since I can only see them in my minds eye as the TV stars I try to visualize and wonder if they will take t being aged.
I found the sci Fi time travel even more intriguing than before and am very curious to discover how Briana and Roger managed to get themselves into the right year f the 18th century. But DIANA is making us wait for book 9 to resolve that puzzle but what a lovely ending she contrived for the reader, much better than the infuriating clff hanger of book 8

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Cliffhanger

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

Reviewed: 08-07-16

I love these Outlander sagas but felt very frustrated when the tale ended with a cliff hanger. This was too much with Jem in peril, Roger lost through the stones again, Bryanna threatened and Claire married to Lrd John. Too many untied ends for a complete novel

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