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VanessaCW

VanessaCW

Joined April 2018

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Dancing With Dusty Fossils by Karen Charlton
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I enjoyed this psychological mystery. t‘s a slow burner so if you like fast paced thrillers, this one won‘t be for you. It has an insidious feel where the suspense is built up over time, culminating in a dramatic finish. It is a little far fetched at times and the incredulousness does grow as the story progresses. However, it is a work of fiction where anything goes apparently, so I did find it entertaining and it kept my attention. #Pigeonhole

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The Weather Woman | Sally Gardner
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A slightly whimsical but extremely enjoyable and atmospheric tale. I thought it had a Dickensian vibe at times. There are certainly some Dickensian sounding characters. The descriptions are wonderful. There‘s a definite sense of time and place. The author really brought it all to life for me. I was totally immersed in Neva‘s story and was gripped from beginning to end. A captivating and engaging read. #Lovereading

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Mad Honey | Jodi Picoult, Jennifer Finney Boylan
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Wow, what a gripping story. I found it a page turner from beginning to end. There‘s a surprising twist towards the middle which I didn‘t see coming. I think this book would be a great one to discuss amongst reading groups. I also love all the fascinating facts about bees. There is much to be learnt from this story. Just a fab and thought provoking read and one I can highly recommend. #Pigeonhole

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Mad Honey | Jodi Picoult, Jennifer Finney Boylan
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The Weather Woman | Sally Gardner
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I really enjoyed this story, I found the plot intriguing. The three timelines kept me on my toes, I did have to concentrate. I like stories about dark family secrets and this is a great example of the genre. It‘s atmospheric and engaging. The chapters are short which added to the suspense and made it into a page turner with a surprising twist at the end. All in all a gripping and compelling read. #TBC

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Mad Honey | Jodi Picoult, Jennifer Finney Boylan
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The Prisoner | B.A. Paris
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This psychological thriller starts off well and I was quite gripped by it. However, towards the end it does get quite far fetched and convoluted. I also found the ending a little disappointing so this put a big dampener on the whole thing. I read this book via the #Pigeonhole app over a period of ten days. I looked forward to each stave as I was eager to find out what it was all about. I did enjoy it but with some quibbles. 3.5⭐️

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The Silk House | Kayte Nunn
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I really enjoyed this story. I was quite gripped by it and found it a page turner. I liked that the timelines seemed to connect with each other, followed a similar pattern. And I liked the characters, they seemed realistic. The supernatural element is well done, there is a befitting amount of spookiness although not too much to be considered a scary read, all leading to a satisfying conclusion. A beautifully written and crafted novel.

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The Prisoner | B.A. Paris
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This is a lovely heartwarming story. It‘s not all hearts and flowers as there is some sadness and heartbreak along the way. Parts of the book are set on the Annapurna mountain range in Nepal, all described superbly. The other parts of this delightful book are set in Somerset and very picturesque it sounds, too. It‘s a story of fate and misconceptions but ultimately it‘s a story of love and what we do for that love. #Pigeonhole #Netgalley

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LI enjoyed this story, it‘s a tale about discovering your courage and finding yourself again. The writing and descriptions of India are very evocative and there is a good sense of time and place. The characters are well rounded and intriguing. I particularly liked Belle the elephant, she‘s entertaining. The plot is an interesting one and there are a few twists and deviations which kept me turning the pages. An engaging read all round. #TBC

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MYSTERY OF FOUR. | SAM. BLAKE
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A fun country house murder mystery set in Ireland written in the style of, I would say, Agatha Christie and perhaps Midsomer Murders. It starts off slowly, then the pace gathers speed, galloping along to an unexpected finish. There are many and varied characters. I particularly liked Merlin the cat and Clarissa. There is much to enjoy about this cosy and entertaining mystery and I wouldn‘t hesitate to recommend it. #Pigeonhole

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Demon Copperhead: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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This isn‘t an easy book to read as the misery is relentless. Don‘t get me wrong, it‘s an excellent piece of literature but it is quite dark, although there is some humour along the way. It‘s beautifully written and very thought provoking. I really enjoyed working out the parallels to David Copperfield but it‘s sad to think that not much has changed since Victorian times for those in dire straits. A powerful and moving read. #Pigeonhole

TrishB Looking forward to this one 👍🏻 2mo
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MYSTERY OF FOUR. | SAM. BLAKE
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It took me some time to get into this book. It‘s well written, very vivid and atmospheric. I found the Viking culture interesting. The research that has gone into writing this saga is admirable. I did get a little confused by all the different Jarls at first and I got a little lost on the timescales. All in all, however, it‘s a fascinating and impressive read. It should appeal to those who are interested in the Viking era. 3.5⭐️

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Demon Copperhead: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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David Copperfield (Revised) | Charles Dickens
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Although I didn‘t always understand the phraseology, so much so I let it go over my head 🤯, there‘s a great storyline at this book‘s heart. There are some fabulous and vividly depicted characters with a wonderful villain in the ever-so ‘umble Uriah Heep. The writing is wordy but very evocative of the time and place. I found it heavy going but overall I thought it quite a remarkable but emotional journey. I‘m pleased I read it. #Pigeonhole

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All About Evie | Matson Taylor
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Sequel to the wonderful Miseducation of Evie Epworth. I was so looking forward to reading this one and it didn‘t disappoint. Full of zany characters, it made me giggle throughout. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

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All About Evie | Matson Taylor
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Library book and a sequel to the wonderful Miseducation of Evie Epworth!

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A very enjoyable, gentle story about three generations of women who buy a pub in the village where they grew up. Some well drawn, engaging characters with a captivating storyline set in a village where I‘d love to live. A feel-good and heartwarming read.

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David Copperfield (Revised) | Charles Dickens

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Reading ahead of Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver which is due on the Pigeonhole app in stave format in October. Loved The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver so am looking forward to this new one.

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Well, I‘m not sure what to say about this book. It‘s really rather strange. It‘s like Dr Who meets Groundhog Day. It starts off like a normal novel and then ends up in fantasy/sci fi land. It‘s interesting if a little confusing and some of the scientific jargon went over my head. However, it‘s quite compelling and definitely thought provoking. It‘s also well written and I liked how the ending brought it all together. I would rate it 3.5⭐️.

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Online book group read. First time reading this author.

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Safe With You | R.M. Ward
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This is quite a gripping mystery. The characters felt very realistic and the plot line is easy to follow. It‘s told by way of various distinct voices and I thought it was well written. The sense of loneliness in some of the characters is particularly well drawn. There are quite a few red herrings but I did have my suspicions who the culprit was quite early on. Nevertheless I found it a very good and intuitive read. #Pigeonhole

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When Only Pride Remains | Natalie Kleinman
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This is a gentle Regency romance, beautifully written and very evocative of the era it‘s set in. It‘s not a fast paced read but still an enjoyable one, nevertheless. It draws you in to another world which is sometimes just what we need. Fans of Georgette Heyer‘s work will surely find much to savour in this charming little tale.

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Safe With You | R.M. Ward
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Agatha Raisin meets Mary Berry (but perhaps on acid!) in this cosy murder mystery. It‘s a fun and entertaining read,but I did work out the villain of the piece early on. Prudence is one smart cookie amongst a minestrone of zany characters, so it doesn‘t take her long with a little help from Suki and her iPhone to ice the cake and put the cherry on top!And I‘m sure this intrepid duo will be back in the midst of another stew of a mystery very soon.

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I was unable to finish this story - I got to P160. It was for my book group so I did try to persevere with it. I just don‘t like how it‘s written - the New Zealand lingo and the inner monologue/poetry. I also dislike the subject matter - it contains child abuse. Life is too short to read books you‘re not enjoying. It has some fabulous reviews but, sadly, it‘s not for me. It‘s very rare I don‘t finish a book, too. ☹️

Vansa This book is....very very unreadable!! The writing is nearly impenetrable, really. I think it's a great story of how it got published and everything, but the book itself isnt 3mo
VanessaCW I‘d no idea of the history behind its publishing but perhaps it‘s typical of a Booker prize winner. I‘ll have to look it up. Thanks. But definitely not an easy book to get in to especially with the writing style. 3mo
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VanessaCW Not sure it‘s my sort of book but it‘s for my f2f book group so I will persevere. 3mo
Chrissyreadit It‘s a tough book to read but still has an impact on me 25 years later. 3mo
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Child of the East End | Jean Fullerton
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Although I‘m not from the East End of London and I‘m a little younger than the author, I enjoyed this nostalgic memoir - it was like a trip down memory lane and I could relate to some of the events and traditions. It‘s an honest, warts and all account of life growing up during the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Written in an easy to read style, it made me smile as well as a little tearful. A truly inspiring life story. #Pigeonhole

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The Family Upstairs | Lisa Jewell
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Absolutely brilliant! I thoroughly enjoyed this gripping and compelling read. It‘s such a page turner with loads of twists and turns. Looking forward to the sequel!

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Well Meet Again | Anton Du Beke
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This thoroughly engaging story set mainly in a luxury hotel had me in a whirl! 💃 I thought it was well written and captivating with a remarkable array of fascinating characters. There are some serious threads running through it but there are also moments of pizazz and excitement. I do intend to go back and read the earlier books. All in all a surprisingly delightful read which did bring a tear to my eye. #Pigeonhole

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Eloquently written, dual timeline gothic mystery set in Cornwall. It‘s very atmospheric with some well rounded characters. It has an interesting plot line which gradually draws the reader in, it‘s quite a dlow burn and a page turner at the same time. Love the setting!

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Child of the East End | Jean Fullerton

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I‘m dipping in and out of this one alongside my other two reads. It‘s a memoir and very nostalgic. It‘s bringing back memories of my childhood although I wasn‘t brought up in the East End of London. I‘m a Yorkshire lass.

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Well Meet Again | Anton Du Beke
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A glorious family saga, a great piece of escapism. Okay, most of the characters aren‘t particularly likeable but they‘re far from boring. The plot itself kept me reading and wanting to know more. I found it quite the page turner, in fact. It‘s an epic read but one which is engaging and multi faceted. It‘s a story of transformation and hope, just like the metamorphosis of the illustrious and beautiful butterfly as fabled in the story.🦋 #Pigeonhole

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Hide and Seek | Andrea Mara
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This is very much the page turner. There are plenty of twists and turns with the odd red herring along the way. It kept me on the edge of my seat at times. The story is told via the way of a dual timeline which adds to the suspense. There‘s quite a cast of characters and it took some concentration to remember them all and where they fitted in the plot. However, it‘s a gripping and absorbing read and one I can highly recommend. #Pigeonhole

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Library book.

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This is an entertaining and easy read. The story flows along and the characters are vibrant and fun. I think my favourites are Alfie and Harry. Their stories pulled at my heartstrings. It‘s a story about listening, believing in yourself, forgiveness and new beginnings. Uplifting and charming with a smattering of romance, it should warm the cockles of your heart! #Pigeonhole 4⭐️

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Hide and Seek | Andrea Mara
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A lovely heartwarming and lighthearted read, but also touching on some serious issues. There are some wonderful characters. I loved the time travel aspect. Being during the 1980s it took me back to my younger years. It was nice to experience a bit of nostalgia. It‘s a well written and enjoyable story. I thought it had a message for the reader, too, about looking forward and not backwards. Time is definitely a funny old thing! 4⭐️ #Pigeonhole

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The Red Notebook | Antoine Laurain
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I quite enjoyed this novella. I‘m not really a fan of novellas as I like something a bit meatier, something to get my teeth into! 😁. It‘s a sweet little story and the translation isn‘t bad. There‘s not much more I can say about it.

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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I read this with my local book group so it‘s not something I would‘ve chosen to read myself. It‘s a good book but I was glad when it ended. I did get a little bored towards the conclusion. The style of writing didn‘t help. 4⭐️

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