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It is the sweltering summer of 1997 when strait-laced, straight-A student Karen meets Biba - a bohemian and impossibly glamorous aspiring actress. She is drawn to her new friend’s carefree world of constant parties, and quickly abandons her old life to move into the crumbling Highgate mansion Biba shares with her brother Rex and a stream of lodgers. For a while, life is one long summer of love. But summer must end. And by the end of theirs, two people would be dead.

©2009 Erin Kelly (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Enthralling from start to finish

This book was responsible for a lot of my nights ending at 3am. Superb writing style, will be reading more from Erin Kelly.

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very good

This is not the type of work I normally read or listen to but I enjoyed this a lot. After a dramatic and engaging start, the narrative runs along two lines, the present and the events of a decade earlier, before the two strands meet and go forward to a really gripping climax. The narrator is well-chosen too and I really wanted to know how it was going to conclude.

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Clever plot keeps you hooked to the end

This is a great story of a bunch of decadent hedonists for whom life goes horribly wrong. The characters are wonderfully drawn and the overall atmosphere is sinister and tense. I loved the fact it was set in the recent past because I could identify with what younger people were doing at the time. I look forward to more books from this author.

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Slightly surreal reality

This is a chickthriller with a difference! The London settings are splendidly real.The main characters are slightly larger than life but nonetheless believable. The heroine embraces the bohemian lifestyle to which she is drawn like a moth to a candle with vigour, entranced by the contrast to her own. The surprising and macarbe and deadly turn of events in the house become quite believable as one is drawn to the excellently portrayed characters. There are several twists and turns. When you think it is all over there are more surprises. I really enjoyed it, but was slightly irritated by the narrator not pausing long enough between the "then" and "now" scenes.

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Great story

An ordinary girl drifts into a bohemian lifestyle and then life becomes real. This is nicely put together with a gentle continuation getter a faster beat as it goes along. Then the finale which is a nice closure if not a little convenient.

I don’t normally choose books like this but it was a very welcome and satisfyingly good listen.

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A little too long

I enjoyed this, but it was a little too long and the ending a little too predictable.

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Thoroughly gripping and absorbing

The recent ITV adaptation was a real let-down, not only whittling down the story until it was barely recognisable but messing with the plot and characters to a ludicrous degree. This original story is vastly superior.

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Loved it!

What more can I say. Loved the narrator, loved the story, kept me listening which is no mean feat! Looking forward to her next couple of books which are in my Wishlist.

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Believable? Really?

I was really looking forward to this and just feel that it is an ok story but feel that it is not quite believable and the ending between Beba and Karen does not ring through. If you wish an easy read then fine but if you want to feel story is possibly believable then maybe reconsider

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devoured this book in 2 afternoons.

Erin always writes books with such easy to recognise characters. You van picture the 3 main protaganists so well. You are also transported to, I believe, late 1970's onwards London town. A time when things were simple, no social media and friendships that meant being in people's actual proximity. The clothes, the house, the whole college, hippy scene is there. It is easy to see how Karen was woven into Biba's lifestyle. Biba, a free spirit, along with her brother Rex, show Karen a different side of London and a more laid back type of life than the one she and her parents had set out for her. I loved their love story, yes that's what it is. A love story that of course, like most? soon turns dark. Another fab listen and a great ending which satisfyied me a great deal.
Erin if you read this, could you do a novella of Biba's story? I would love to hear her side. ;)

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