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VanessaCW

VanessaCW

Joined April 2018

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The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett
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The Twyford Code | Janice Hallett
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This is an eerie and beautifully written story. It is something of a slow burner but I found it very compelling even so. It really draws you in to its murky depths! It‘s quite a dark tale and very atmospheric with some sinister overtones. It has a good sense of time and place. There is a great cast of fascinating characters, not always particularly likeable. An intriguing and absorbing mystery which had me gripped until the last page.

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Little Wing | Freya North
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This story is told by way of Nell and Dougie, a couple of misplaced people, beginning in 1969 and spanning nearly four decades. It‘s beautifully and lyrically written. The vivid descriptions of Harris really made me want to visit. It‘s an emotional read and really tugs at your heartstrings. It‘s a tale about love, friendship, acceptance, forgiveness and finding out where you belong in the world. Heartwarming and poignant. #Pigeonhole

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The Christmas Invitation | Trisha Ashley
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An entertaining festive read. A little mad at times but the characters are quirky and colourful. Just right for the time of year, easy to read and heartwarming! 4⭐️

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Reading Challenge | Lesley Yates
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My Goodreads 2021 Reading Challenge. I challenged myself to 70 books and surpassed myself by reading 89.

https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2021/1471902

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Little Wing | Freya North
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I found this book a real page turner. There are lots of twists and turns with the odd red herring thrown in. I loved trying to get into the psyche of the characters, all of whom have their murky secrets. The reader is slowly introduced to this eclectic group of characters with tiny morsels of information being revealed gradually. It‘s a well written thriller which will have you riveted right up until the end. Highly recommended. #Pigeonhole

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This is a gripping, rollercoaster of a thriller. It kept me hooked from beginning to end. It‘s fast paced, the action never letting up, with plenty of twists and turns and the odd red herring. The murders are quite gruesome so not it‘s for the faint hearted. I really enjoyed it, especially as the hero of the hour is a Boxer dog called Harvey! I‘ve already downloaded book two in the series. Highly recommended. #Pigeonhole

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Unknown Book 2319912 | Unknown Unknown
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~ The Forgotten Maid by Jane Cable ~
This is a very enjoyable dual timeline mystery set in a stunning part of the world . The two timelines complement each other beautifully, there are certain subtle parallels between them. The characters are well written and very believable. It perfectly combines historical fact with fiction and makes for a gripping tale. An engaging read which had me eagerly turning the pages.

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The Visitors | Caroline Scott
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This is a lovely, gentle story about hope and friendship. There‘s a whole cast of fantastically bohemian and realistic characters. It‘s beautifully written with some vividly written descriptions. It‘s not a fast paced read, it‘s more of a walk through the trials and tribulations of life after a war. I was captivated by this story from beginning to end and I shall miss these characters enormously. Loved it! #Pigeonhole

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I‘m reading The Forgotten Maid by Jane Cable.

“Two centuries apart, two lonely women seek a place to call home…”

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Wakenhyrst | Michelle Paver
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I very much enjoyed this atmospheric And gothic style story. There is a good sense of time and place and the feeling of pervading menace is very strong. It‘s creepy and sinister as well as being quite sad in parts. It‘s beautifully written and I liked the epistolary sections. The characters really came alive for me and the descriptions of the Fens are very vivid. An engaging, eerie and engrossing read.

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The Visitors | Caroline Scott
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Wish You Were Here | Jodi Picoult
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I enjoyed this story and found it very thought provoking. I particularly liked the first half of the book which was set in the Galapagos. I loved the setting and the descriptions of the scenery. I wasn‘t so keen on the parts of the book set in New York during the pandemic, as some of the scenes are quite harrowing. It‘s a beautifully written story with a twist in the tale. “Life is what happens to you when you‘re busy making other plans.”

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Caduceus by Sarah England

I thought this was quite an exciting sequel to Masquerade. It was great to meet up with Beth and her spirit guides again for another creepy and sinister adventure. I liked the added interest of Joe the detective and hopefully we will encounter him again in future episodes. I still found it a little confusing at times and wasn‘t always sure what was going on but I just went with the flow and enjoyed it nevertheless.

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Wish You Were Here | Jodi Picoult
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An Italian Scandal | Cecil Cameron
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I enjoyed this romantic adventure story. Combining historical fact with fiction, it is a bit of what I would call a swashbuckling bodice ripper! It‘s quite old fashioned in it‘s telling but well written nevertheless. I don‘t know much about Italy‘s history so I found the historical aspect very interesting. I also found it exciting, quite the page turner in fact. A lovely piece of escapism and an excellent debut. #Pigeonhole

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The Beach | Alex Garland
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I read this with my book group. Sadly it wasn‘t my cup of tea. I couldn‘t engage with it although I think it‘s well written and even easy to read. The ending just left me thinking, well, what was that all about, then? Much ado about nothing. 🤷‍♀️

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An Italian Scandal | Cecil Cameron
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A lovely slice of festive fizz! Wynter‘s Trees is definitely a winter wonderland. A Christmas tree plantation with a difference. It‘s a fabulous idea in a beautiful setting - I could just visualise it and would love to visit. I like the style of writing, it flows well and is easy to read. With some sparkling characters and a glistening backdrop, this is sure to light up your Christmas! An enjoyable, lighthearted read. #Pigeonhole

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Midwife's Secret | Emily Gunnis
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What a fabulous read this is! It‘s beautifully written and researched. The timelines are interwoven seamlessly. It‘s a tale of injustice, discrimination, lies, the secrets we keep to protect those we care for and how those secrets reverberate over time and can affect the future. The characters are well drawn and very memorable. The class divide is depicted very well. Such a moving and engaging tale! I thoroughly enjoyed it. #Pigeonhole

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A Halloween Tale | Austin Crawley
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Not a bad creepy story for Halloween. A little bit too ‘Hollywood‘ for my tastes but there are plenty of scary moments. I prefer a more subtle ghost story like Susan Hill‘s The Woman in Black. I enjoyed it, nevertheless.

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Although I did enjoy Masquerade, I have to admit I found it somewhat confusing. It seemed to skip around quite a bit and i didn‘t always know what was happening. However, I liked the characters of Beth and her spirit guide, Billy, as well as Gran Grace with her wolf, Yukon. They made an intrepid trio and I look forward to following their adventures in the next book in the series. A sinister and atmospheric creepy read. 👹

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The Perfect House | R.P. Bolton
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I quite enjoyed this story although I did find it disjointed at times and a little confusing. However, there are some well rounded and interesting characters and a plot line which kept me turning the pages. I thought it was well written and the underlying thread of unease was adeptly done. The ending is quite ambiguous - it‘s left to the reader‘s imagination. All in all a very good debut and well worth the read! 3.5⭐️. #Pigeonhole

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I think this quote from the book says it all:

“It is only by bringing these women back to life that we can silence the Ripper and what he represents.................... The victims of Jack the Ripper were never ‘just prostitutes‘; they were daughters, wives, mothers, sisters and lovers. They were women. They were human beings, and surely that, in itself, is enough."

An excellent and moving read. I‘m not a big non-fiction fan, either.

Lucy_Anywhere This was one of my top reads last year! 3mo
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The Perfect House | R.P. Bolton
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WOMAN MADE OF SNOW. | ELISABETH. GIFFORD
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This is a wonderful dual timeline family drama which I thoroughly enjoyed. I was gripped from page one. It‘s vividly and evocatively written. It‘s such an engrossing and engaging read with some fascinating characters and an intriguing plot line. ImIt touches on racial and class discrimination as well as there being a moving love story which is sure to bring a tear to your eye. Highly recommended. #Pigeonhole

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WOMAN MADE OF SNOW. | ELISABETH. GIFFORD
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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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An amazing and fascinating read, so thought provoking. It‘s beautifully written and I loved how all the stories interweaved and connected, making me think. It‘s about hope for the future, being thankful for what we have and being careful what we wish for. In a way it‘s quite the adventure story, there‘s some mythology and it touches on the ecosystem, deforestation. An imaginative, clever, absorbing and wonderful safari across time. #Pigeonhole

Suet624 I‘m looking forward to this one. 3mo
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A dark but gripping murder mystery come adventure story. There‘s a bit of all sorts going on including a hint of the supernatural and some witchcraft. But at the heart of it is an intricate and clever plot with some fantastic characters. I did find it a little confusing at times as there are quite a lot of characters, some of whom had different ways of being. An exciting and intriguing read.

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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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Daughters of War | Dinah Jefferies
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What a fabulous read! I was totally gripped and immersed in this story. I loved the different characters of the sisters. It‘s beautifully written with some fantastic and vivid imagery. It‘s also a very moving and emotional read. There are some quite sad and harrowing moments. It‘s a tale about fighting for what you believe in - a tale of love and survival. And ultimately of courage and hope. A real page turner! #Pigeonhole

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I found this murder mystery come family drama quite the page turner. The romance is a tad unrealistic, but, hey ho, it‘s fiction! Anything can happen as I always say! Nevertheless, I really enjoyed it. It‘s entertaining, gripping and even thought provoking. I‘ve been a big fan of Susan Lewis‘ work for many years and although this isn‘t my favourite book of hers, it‘s still an exciting and intriguing read. #Pigeonhole

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Daughters of War | Dinah Jefferies
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I enjoyed this gentle, engaging and light hearted tale. It‘s beautifully and vividly written. The imagery it paints is wonderful. I could easily picture the island of Corfu with its many coves, tavernas and bars - I almost felt I was there. Even though I did find it somewhat twee at times, ultimately I found it a thoughtful tale about coming to terms with grief, finding yourself and following your dreams. A worthwhile read! 3.5⭐️

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An absorbing story about family secrets and how we can often get the wrong end of the stick when coming across something we don‘t understand. At first I thought it was going to be a psychological thriller with something dark and sinister at its core. However, it‘s not as menacing as that. It‘s a beautifully written and gentle story about love and forgiveness in a world where hope is all we have. I very much enjoyed it. #Pigeonhole

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Chateau | Catherine Cooper
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This is an enjoyable psychological thriller, if a little implausible at times. None of the characters are likeable and some of their thought processes are somewhat bizarre. Nevertheless, I was quite gripped by it and found it a compelling read. It‘s also a little creepy at times. It‘s fast paced with a few twists and turns and the odd red herring thrown in. #Pigeonhole

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An enjoyable dual timeline read. I liked the characters and the story but I think maybe the ending was a little rushed. 4⭐️

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Freckles | Cecelia Ahern
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This is a lovely story and Allegra is such an endearing and eccentric character. It‘s an uplifting and engaging tale of human vulnerabilities and friendships, how we must learn to be true to ourselves to experience inner happiness. Beautifully written with a sense of humour and a whole cast of entertaining peripheral characters as well as Allegra, Freckles is a joy to read. #Pigeonhole

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Chateau | Catherine Cooper
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Invite Me In | Emma Curtis
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A slow burning psychological thriller. It‘s well written, atmospherically so, gradually drawing you in to its murky and disturbing depths! None of the characters are particularly likeable. The plot is quite predictable, spiralling into madness sometimes, but that didn‘t stop me from enjoying it. An entertaining and engaging thriller which had me eagerly turning the pages to find out what happens next. #Pigeonhole

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An exciting and suspenseful murder mystery which had me gripped until the last page. It‘s a real chiller thriller in more than one sense of the word! I love the setting, it gave me the shivers. The tension racks up beautifully, I was on the edge of my seat most of the time. It did get a little incredulous and unbelievable on occasions but, hey ho, that‘s literary licence for you. A rollicking good read! #Pigeonhole

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