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Good but overlong

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-20

I enjoyed this book about the breakdown of a marriage, but found it overlong and I think it has been overrated. I'm surprised it was shortlisted for the Booker prize as I think there is an emptiness about it.
The narrator, Douglas is quite dull and his wife Connie is selfish - I didn't really like either of them. I could never really understand what Connie would have seen in Douglas.

Brilliant with great character detail

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-01-20

Loved this. It's a crime novel but with a great deal of detail about the characters and the setting . Really well written and also moving and humorous too. Fabulous book! The narrator is excellent.

Not as good as other Dr Ruth novels

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-20

I enjoyed this novel, but have to say it was not as good as all the previous Dr Ruth novels. There wasn't really that much plot and I didn't care who the killer was or why they did it. The story was not nearly as good as usual.

One of the best Ruth Galloway books

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-10-19

I have really liked all the Dr Ruth Galloway books so far - great characters and stories and always some interesting background to the plot.
I think this is one of the best so far - the plot is particularly page-turning. Also the author still comes up with interesting plot development on the Ruth/Nelson relationship, which is impressive after 8 novels! Fab narration too.

Wonderful family saga

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 21-09-19

I'm sad to finally finish the Cazalet family saga. I have grown so fond of many of the characters and have loved the period detail, which made me think of my parents who were children in the 1930s. The books are written with such sensitivity and humour. A brilliant achievement by Elizabeth Jane Howard.

loved this book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-19

I really loved this book. The interweaving stories sometimes got a bit confusing but I didn't mind - I would just go back a bit to clarify things.
A saga of life, loves, family and loss.
It was beautifully read too.

Why so gorey?

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-03-19

This is a really good crime story, but I found I had to fast forward a significant amount of the book because I found the amount of gruesome detail about what the serial killer was doing was too much for me. I have read all the writer's Karen Pirie series which I loved, which do not contain all this gruesome material. I probably won't read another book in this series .

A really great crime novel

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-01-19

Great plot and characters - love Karen Pirie especially. Val McDermid is my new favourite crime fiction author.

Brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-11-18

Loved this engrossing tale of family life with all it's ups and downs throufh the generations.

Another great read by Robert Galbraith

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-10-18

Another great read by Robert Galbraith - entertaining with great plot and central characters and an updated 'will they won't they' dynamic.