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Summary

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

Critic reviews

"The Girl Who Just Appeared is a wonderful book - gripping and twisty and tender and touching." (Marian Keyes)

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  • lindsey
  • Dorchester, United Kingdom
  • 13-05-15

Enjoyed

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

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  • Karen
  • Plumstead, London, United Kingdom
  • 02-05-15

Enjoyable

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.

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Unusual tale...

Loved this book and everything about it, from the words to the reading. Enjoy it!

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Compelling "voyage" of discovery for adopted girl

I really liked this very believable honest-feeling story. The male narrator was particularly fantastic... got really drawn into the story of Darren. loved it.!

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Worse accent since Dick van Dyke's cockney accent

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.

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In put down able!

Fantastic
Great story
Great narration accents perfect.
Loved every minute of it, I would certainly listen to other stories by this author.

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Great listen

Narration excellent. Characters believable brought to life by convincing accents and mood,atmosphere created. Sorry when it ended.

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If you're Northern and easily offended, give it a

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.

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I didn't want it to finish

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.

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  • Jo
  • leicester, United Kingdom
  • 23-07-15

Loved it!!

Some 'laugh out loud' moments!
Really enjoyable and good narrative!
Interesting twist to the story and a step up from usual chic lit!