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chris

London, United Kingdom
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-13

Intriguing plot

For me the most satisfying aspects of a good crime novel are the twists and turns in the plot and the difficulty of guessing the outcome ... and this novel delivered against both of those. If I have any one criticism, it was that the final reveal was slightly too contrived and some of the clues were rather too obtuse, but I really enjoyed it all the same and I'll look out for more from this author.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-12

Entertaining and beautifully written

Since the author is an established actress she brings her beautifully written words to life. A stroll through 4 decades of a young woman's life and family, from the 70's to the noughties, that I'm guessing must be autobiographical. Interesting characters and events are woven into the story that also characterise those decades. If you liked One Day, this is likely to appeal.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-11

Chandler-esque crime noir set in post-war Glasgow

This was my first title from this author but I'm looking forward to more. A clasic noir crime story set in an evocative post-war Glasgow with a satisfyingly complex plot, wide cast of characters and plenty of atmosphere.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-08-11

Really got me gripped

This was a new author for me and I was gripped from the start, not to mention the great narration. An unusual story line sets the scene for an unconventional thriller. Plenty of twists and turns to keep the interest up and full of excitement right to the end.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-08-11

Wallow in 80's nostalgia

Just spent a very happy time wallowing in 80's nostalgia, brilliantly conceived by Andy Smith and with excellent narration by David Holt. As entertaining as it is informative.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-11

A must for all parents of teenagers

This is a very clever and witty explanation of why teenagers act like they do ... and understanding that is a powerful aid to dealing with their issues and the difficulties inherent in relating to your nearest and dearest teens. It is full of moments where the authors put into words issues that the listener can relate to and give a logical explanation and insight. Much of it is common sense that gets lost in the fog of teenage angst, but they brilliantly put it into context and deflate the pressure. This should be compulsory listening for anyone with a teenager or a pre-teen.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-11

Beer and Loathing in the Square Mile

Clearly not a book to take too seriously, this is an amusing, irreverent expose of a certain kind of city worker who has been promoted to his level of incompetence, is ridiculously overpaid and lives a shallow, meaningless life. The humour is in the stereotyping, both of the laddish male protaganist and of his views of the world around him. Personally, I found it funny and many of the vignettes of city life and financial excesses did ring true.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-11

A charming easy listener

One of the first audio books I bought was Peter Mayle's Year in Provence, having heard it on Radio 4's book of the week, and this is a return to similar territory but the with added interest of the development of an olive farm and the attendant technical and horticultural activities. The author narrator is an accomplished actress, who does an excellent job of bringing it all to life and overall it is a charming easy listener, which provided an interesting break from my usual crime and history diet.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-03-11

A great plot but a little too much pathos

I really like these Robert Crais thrillers and the two characters featured here: Joe Pike and Elvis Cole. The plot is great and there are plenty of twists and turns but big-bad Joe Pike falls for a girl and Elvis Cole sheds some tears, which might appeal to some listeners but didn't quite hit the spot for me. Nevertheless, a great listen and good entertainment.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-01-11

Fascinating and powerful historical thriller

A secret policeman finds himself on the other side of the law as he battles to catch the maniacal serial killer of children that the state refuses to acknowledge. Apart from being a gripping thriller, the book poses some interesting philosophical questions and moral dilemmas as he faces up to the brutality of the omnipotent and corrupt state, and the futility of opposition. Apparently based on a true story.

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4 of 8 people found this review helpful