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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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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In put down able!

Fantastic
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Loved every minute of it, I would certainly listen to other stories by this author.

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Excellent

loved it, funny, interesting, sad and shocking, with enough twists to keep you wondering.

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Great story

I really enjoyed this. The main character had flaws like a real person, I didn’t always like her but that just made her more believable. I laughed quite a few times too at the slightly nutty but relatable inner dialogue. Loved the male narrator too and the part of the story he told was heartbreaking and compelling. I’m looking forward to listening to more from this author.

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Very enjoyable book

What a clever little plot. Both readers were excellent, it flowed and all weaved together and the ending was sublime - I was sitting there with them! (no spoilers!) I will certainly be looking out for more by this author.