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MelHopton

MelHopton

Joined January 2019

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Eye in the Sky | Philip K. Dick
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So clever! I couldn't put it down. Alternate realities growing increasingly dark and twisted. Great suspense and excitement throughout. Some incredible description and a premise that makes you question your own values and reality. I just love his books.

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Winter in Madrid | C. J. Sansom
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Mehso-so

Slow burner that got exciting by the end. Lots of historical context (as I have come to expect from CJ Sanson). Irritatingly straightforward (tragic) female lead who only exists through the male gaze. I cared about her but she only exists to enhance the main character. Didn't care about him much by the end.

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Mehso-so

I love Poirot and Agatha Christie style crime drama. I also love confused timelines and plots that zig zag through time. This should have been the perfect book for me. I was slowly drawn in to the world and rubbing my hands with glee, making mental notes of all the characters and using the map at the front to figure out where everyone was. My trouble was the book came to an end, then seemed to bump along the bottom for a while, adding too much.

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You start off thinking you can really relate to this woman. Yeah, she has agoraphobia, but she is a professional, she helps people online, she drinks wine and she's just loveable. The first twist was a bit predictable, but the book gathers pace and the twists snowball into an avalanche of excitement. Everything is resolved by the end, which is pleasing, and it's like a good meal. Filling.

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Italian Shoes: A Novel | Henning Mankell
Mehso-so

Bit of a plodding, slow burner. Lots of drama towards the end with a flurry of characters. Lots of imagery and subtext to read into and a twisting plotline. Well developed main character but some others are a bit lacking.

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Golf-based story about a Scottish family on the edge of a criminal gangland. Entertaining, with well developed characters - the wife in particular was easy to imagine - and funny dialogue. I don't know anything about golf and I enjoyed it. Head injury doesn't happen until a good half way through. Graphic violence and nice happy ending.

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The Cuckoo's Calling | Robert Galbraith
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Great story of a private detective trying to solve the apparent suicide of a model on behalf of the model's adoptive brother. His assistant, Robin, is an aspiring detective and their relationship is interesting, complicated by Robin's fiancee Matthew, who sounds a bit dull. Can't get a clear picture of what Strike (detective) looks like - is he a bit fat and brutish, or is he a bit sexy? Hard to tell - maybe that says more about my preferences!

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The Children Act | Ian McEwan
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I didn't feel like I was the target demographic for this book (the protagonist is a 50-sonething lawyer with an intensely challenging job and a poor work/life balance). Nevertheless, I was drawn in and couldn't wait to see how it would end. The terminally ill boy, the religion, the personal interest, the unexpected behaviour - yep, loved it.