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Those We Left Behind by Stuart Neville
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PREY ZONE. | WILBUR. CHAPMAN SMITH (KEITH. COLE, STEVE.)
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Brother and sister Ralph and Robyn live at Crocodile lodge on a nature reservation.
Their job is to look after the native wildlife the local surroundings.
But suddenly they have a problem, there is a predator causing damage to the reserve, this new menace doesn't seem anything like what would be found in their area.
Clueless the pair start looking into it and suspicions falls right on their hermit like millionaire neighbour, hunter Josef Gerhard.

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WORLD AT YOUR FEET. | KARL. NEWSON
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I read this with my spectrum son as he loves picture books.
He sat and listened to all of it which is a miracle as apart from storytime he is very energetic.
I think the bright colours of the illustrations and the cute animals really held and engaged his interest in the story.
Great for young children and had the added bonus of the whole thing havong a really positive premise and a motivational message to keep trying in life even if we fail.

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Best of Friends | Kamila Shamsie
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The story opens in Karachi 1988 and two girls Zahra and Maryam are best friends.
But at this point Karachi is in turmoil and on the brink of great change.
The dictatorship is falling and a female leader is elected.
But one night of fun and frolics for the girls changes their lives.
The girls go driving out with some boys which is cultural taboo.
In present day London and both girls are now grown and driven women.
But that night still echoes...

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Earth is about to be hit by a comet.
In the mad scramble to leave on a space ship to another planet people are going to be sacrificed.
Petra and her family are lucky to gain passage to a new world.
But en route the ship is taken over and now the Collective is in command.
Their pasts are reprogrammed but somehow Petra escapes that fate and when she wakes up hundreds of years later, she is the only one who has any memory of Earth or the past.

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Earth is about to be hit by a comet.
In the mad scramble to leave on a space ship to another planet people are going to be sacrificed.
Petra and her family are lucky to gain passage to a new world.
But en route the ship is taken over and now the Collective is in command.
Their pasts are reprogrammed but somehow Petra escapes that fate and when she wakes up hundreds of years later, she is the only one who has any memory of Earth or the past.

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Max Mullers comes from a magical family background.
But now Max is in trouble, he has attracted the attention of Bottley the local bully and one day while minding his father's market stall disaster strikes!
A chase through the market ensues and he falls foul of the Crayfish twins and their suit gets ruined.
Now he owes them £250 and his family are struggling to pay.
Max desperately needs magical help to get this sorted!

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Waking the Witch | Rachel Burge
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Ivy never knew her mother as she was given away at birth, desperately seeking her she eventually hits lucky and finds a lead on a place called Bardsey Island in Wales.
But the first meeting doesn't go to plan, her mother is scared and to go away for her own safety but why?
Now something from the past has been reawakened and it's now searching for Ivy.
Somehow she is a conduit to the past and her mother gave her away to keep her safe.

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Daughter of Darkness | Katharine & Elizabeth Corr
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Deina is one of many soul severers of the house of Hades.
It wasn't a life choice she has been selected to follow this life and all she ever dreams of is her freedom.
Now she is being offered it, King Orpheus is offering the soul severers a chance to be free if only they will bring back his Queen Eurydice from the dead.
But Deina has to work with a group she doesn't even completely trust and who will all sell each other our in a heartbeat...

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Mayken and her nursemaid Imke embark for a voyage on the Batavia.
The year is 1629 and things aren't all that they seem onboard.
Strange things are happening, everyone can feel it.
The tension is reaching breaking point.
In the year 1989 we meet Gil, a very troubled boy whose mother has just died so he is shipped off to live with his reclusive grandfather Joss, a fisherman on an island in Australia.
Both these kids are intertwined.

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Nightcrawling: A novel | Leila Mottley
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Kiara Johnson comes from a difficult background, an errant mother, no father in the picture and a brother who would rather spend time in the recording studio than help his family.
Life pretty much falls to Kiara including trying to help another local kid Trevor with a similar family situation.
With little options and job avenues open to her Kiara starts "Nightcrawling with disastrous consequences.
She attracts the notice of the police who use her.

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Bad Things Happen Here | Rebecca Barrow
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Luca is from a place called Parris island, a beautiful place that anyone would feel lucky to live in.
But Luca doesn't feel that lucky as Parris is home to many local murders within the past few years.
All this is bad enough but now it's more personal than ever, already having lost her best friend, now her elder sister Whitney is the latest victim.
Luca knows there was more to the night she died than anyone will admit...

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This was at times such a quirky, fun, irreverent look at the book world, along the way we take in books made of cheese, famous book trials for obscenity, book vandals, books as art, high brow literature and "trash" reads.
Even the format of books, HB, PB, their bindings, the history of printing.
Then we have the more serious topics such as book burning by the Nazis and even modern book burning, human skin bindings etc.
A book treasure trove.

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Thea and Denise | Caroline Bond
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Denise is drowning in domesticity and is unhappy with her life.
She has no time for herself and her needs.
That is until she meets the glamorous Thea, the two strike up an unlikely friendship Thea is all Denise wants to be and seems to have her life sorted.
But she doesn't realise that is all just a facade and when they embark on a spontaneous road trip together they get to know each other better and that Thea's life isn't all that it seems.

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Black Mamba | William Friend
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Alfie recently lost his wife Pippa, he is left with his twin girls and life has started to fall apart.
He isn't coping so calls the children's aunt Julia in for Sylvie and Cassia are very troubled, they have told their father that Black mamba is in their room at night.
But this is no imaginary friend, Black mamba is there for a reason, he is coming for the girls.
Can they thwart this evil friend's plans to take his daughters?

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Lucy is struggling, her life is now vastly different to what it used to be.
Pre marriage and children she had choices, was able to travel, she was able to pursue her career as a cellist.
She was HER, now she has little for herself as each day she just caves to the demands of family pressure.
She is a woman on the edge, her marriage is in meltdown, her career is in tatters and she secretly suspects that her eldest son is autistic.

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Remember Me | Charity Norman
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When Leah Parata goes missing the local community mourns her loss but no trace could ever be found as to how or why she had disappeared.
This was twenty five years ago and now in the present day Emily Kirkland has flown back to New Zealand to look after her father.
Felix has been afflicted with the terrible disease of Alzheimer's.
Emily is struggling to cope yet at the same time she is getting a rather deep and profound look at her father.

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The world is in lockdown during the first wave of the pandemic.
Max and his family are struggling cope just like everyone else, with his father as a key worker tensions can also run high.
After a disagreement with his mam as a way of escaping the isolation he feels he starts to count, the counting goes on until he decides he will only stop when he hits a million.
But what was originally a silly counting game has turned into a local frenzy.

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Mouth to Mouth: A Novel | Antoine Wilson
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I think this could be a very niche book as it relied mostly on characters and plot.
A writer has a chance meeting with an old friend or rather acquaintance at the airport and they strike up a convo and
Jeff tells his friend of a past incident where he rescued a man from drowning.
But with hindsight Jeff questions was this act the right thing to do as the man he saved wasn't a good character.
A clever thought provoking novel of a what if nature.

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No Land to Light On | Yara Zgheib
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Sama and Hadi are a young couple just starting out in life, full of love and hope with a new baby on the way too this should be an exciting time.
But towards the end of the end of Sama's pregnancy Hadi has to travel to Jordan to arrange a funeral for his father.
Little does he know a law enacted while he is away denies him access both to his new adopted country and also his wife and child.
This is the heartbreaking story of lives torn apart.

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The Silver Wolf | J. C. Harvey
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This is the story of Jack Fiskardo, a boy through circumstances now an orphan.
His mother supposedly hung herself is left with a silver wolf icon in her hands while his father is murdered.
Jack sets out to find justice that takes him through many countries during the period of the thirty years war.
Amsterdam, France then onto the German battlefields.
But his journey has only just begun and his father's killers must pay for what they have done.

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These Days | Lucy Caldwell
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The story follows two young girls during the war years in Belfast and the time of the "Belfast blitz."
Emma is rather a free spirit and embarks on an affair with Sylvia which in those days would most certainly be frowned upon.
The other, Audrey is engaged to be married to Richard yet she is wrestling with her conscience as she isn't in love with him.
Both are trying to find a sense of identity and belonging during a very turbulent period.

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Erm I don't quite rightly know what to say about this one.
Except that for such a relatively short novel it seemed to feel like I was wading through a book about the size of "War and peace!"
The most half hearted and mundane piece of writing I have come across in quite a while
It's the start of the pandemic and Senderovsky has rounded up a group of friends to share his country manor and hole up at his country manor.
Gossip sniping and sex abound.

BkClubCare Ty, I might just do a tasting & skim of this. 10mo
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In the town of Cooney the school is the centre of life and the ladies time tends to revolve around Glass lake extra curricular shenanigans.
When Beverly Franklin catches her naked daughter in the act of sending a rude selfie to a boy at school she goes on the warpath against the Whitehead family.
She is determined no stain shall attach to Amelia especially as the town has a feature of the school play on tv.

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The Cornish Captive | Nicola Pryce
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The year is 1800 the setting is Cornwall and Madeleine Pelligrew is imprisoned in a mad house.
She has spent the last fourteen years of her life in captivity and she can't even figure out in her frenzied and half crazy state why she is even there let alone to escape from this situation.
One day a mysterious man arrives at the asylum to sign papers for her release into her brother's care.
Confused and scared she is determined to find the truth.

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Mothers and Daughters | Erica James
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Naomi is now on her own with just her two daughters Willow and Martha.
She is a widow, her husband Colin has died and she has found love with Ellis, but he is an old flame her daughters have no knowledge of.
Scared of how they will react Naomi is nervous of her new found happiness considering the secret she carries.
Yet her daughters are also struggling, Martha is trying to conceive while Willow has somehow fallen into a toxic relationship.

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The Swift and the Harrier | Minette Walters
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Civil war has broken out in the Britain, it is 1642 and the country is being torn apart by politics and families are sundered due to political affiliations while the king ad parliament tussle for supremacy.
Jayne Swift refuses to take sides even though her family is also doing so
She is a rarity of her time, a female physician who tends men‘s war wounds no matter what side they fight for.
William Harrier has seen her work and quickly falls for her

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Gil Peck is a journalist and is reporting on and enjoying all the gossip and scandal attendent on the 1997 elections.
But then suddenly in the midst of all this whirlwind and hotbed of potential news his sister Clare dies in a hit and run
Clare also was prominent in the world of politics.
So after the first shock wears off Gil starts to ask himself did Clare know more than she appeared to?
Was this in some way related to her death?

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MEMORY FOR MURDER. | ANNE. HOLT
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Selma Falck meets up with friends with catastrophic consequences.
One of her friends that day is taken out when a sniper attacks and fatally shoots her.
Confused as to why this has happened both Selma and the police for a time assume that its Selma herself that was the intended target and her friend just got in the way.
But then Selma starts to dig deep and what she uncovers reveals that this was all just part of a wider situation.

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I was intrigued by the subtitle of this, schoolboy poisoner, I hadn't heard of Graham Young before so wasted to learn more about him.
The whole story was rather a complex case and rather in a way motiveless as Graham admitted his stepmother wasn't abusive so it seems as if the poisoning of her, his first victim was pure curiosity as to the effects of poison.
Then just like other serial killers starting out he went onto bigger crimes...

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The three girls, Bron, Georgie and Lissa knew each other from their time on the swim team.
Best friends ever since they find it hard to believe that one of them is gone, Lissa has drowned.
Georgie, Bron and their friends Adam and Duncan gather on the island where Lissa drowned off the coast of.
But something is not quite right and making them question the situation, the girls are all asking themselves how such a proficient swimmer can drown?

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This was such a charming story of loss, love and rediscovery.
When Penny loses her father and also her fiance around the same time she sets off on a voyage of self discovery and as an homage to her father's memory as he introduced her to the Durrells books.
Fascinated by their eccentric and bohemian lifestyle she books a month long trip to Corfu to follow in their footsteps and soak up the local history at the same time.
Finding love along the way

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The Girl in the Mirror | Rose Carlyle
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Iris and Summer are twins but their personalities are mirror images.
Summer is considered the good, sweet, accomplished twin who has a stepson, amazing husband and great lifestyle and basically all a woman could ever want.
Iris is the one on the outside always looking on.
So when she is invited to crew the family yacht down to Thailand she jumps at it.
Through a quirk of fate it ends up just being Summer and Iris in charge of the Bathsheba...

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False Witness | Karin Slaughter
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Leigh Collier is happy in her life, it is ticking along OK and she has tried to bury her dreadful childhood in the past where it belongs.
But suddenly she is presented with the case of a lifetime, one that could make or break her law career.
But she knows the person she has to defend, essentially he IS a huge part of her past.
Now skeletons locked in a cupboard threaten to come to light and this case also involves her drug addict sister...

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Saving Missy | Beth Morrey
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This is the story of Missy Carmichael, a very lonely yet to the world anti social character.
Though reserved Missy finds herself accosted by two very different ladies in the local park whilst out on a walk.
Those two ladies are the new lifeline in her life and are the way that Missy rejoins a social world that she thought was behind her.
So used to her own company she struggles but ever so slowly she learns to trust but can she ever fully live?

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Keira is happy, life is good with no bumps in the road in sight.
Then one day her world comes crashing down in the space of an hour in a consulting room.
For Keira has just been diagnosed with breast Cancer.
Not dealing well with it she meets a lady called Tamsin, she too has Cancer.
This inspirational lady sets up a Cancer ladies running club.
It's given her a boost and a new found will and strength to come back fighting.
A sweet tale of hope.

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The Diplomat's Wife | Michael Ridpath
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Emma was once married to a well known diplomat and mixed in the highest circles.
She partied with the higher echelons and even turned her hand to spying.
You can say she lived a rather exciting and fast paced life.
But there was always one shadow on the horizon, the death of her beloved brother Hugh.
Now terminally ill she is determined to find out the truth while blending a holiday with her grandson Phil into a fact finding investigation.

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Rachel Lambert and her boyfriend suddenly find themselves as the victims of crime.
He is knocked off his bike and hospitalised.
Scared of repercussions Rachel leaves the area and temporarily goes to Ireland to get away from the danger and stress.
Meanwhile she starts to question and probe the death of a homeless man that could have links to the bike accident...
Bit she uncovers some very dark truths.

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This has got to be one of the best thrillers I have read so far this year.
DI Grace Archer is assigned a case to find the @nonymous murderer.
It's a serial killer that is using his staged murder victims as art installations that he is live streaming to social media.
Sickened by watching people die online Archer and her partner Quinn are in a frantic race to try to apprehend the killer and stay one step ahead to try and save his next victim.

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The Word Trove | Elias Vorpahl
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I didn't know what to expect from this as I couldn't find much info online and the blurb just hinted and let drop that the whole thing would be a magical journey and wow was it.
I hadn't read a book like this before.
It was so clever.
The whole premise of the story was the journey of a word.
He set on a quest to find his own meaning.
I suppose he was looking for an identity, the key to who he was and his essence.
Wonderful and whimsical.

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Poisoned | Jennifer Donnelly
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I really loved this, such a refreshing take on Snow white.
Sophie is led by a huntsman into the forest and is slain.
Her evil stepmother is determined to get rid of any who could rival her.
But in a quirk of fate Sophie doesn't die, she wakes up and is shocked to find herself surrounded by a band of dwarves who have fashioned her a clockwork heart.
There is just one tiny snag, the clock mechanism only has a limited time to run and beat...

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How to Belong | Sarah Franklin
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Jo moves back to the forest of Dean from a high powered job that is unsatisfying in London.
Her mission is to try and save the family butcher business as her parents plan to retire.
Brimming with ideas she throws her lot into the shop to try and improve the takings.
Meanwhile she takes a room with the thorny Tessa in her cottage.
Both have baggage and slowly as they unfold their lives to each other they are forced to confront their issues.

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Body Language | A. K. Turner
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Cassie Raven works as a mortuary technician, she is skilled at her job and yet she also has another secret talent, she communes with the dead, whom she sees as her clients.
She gets a flash of their last feelings, emotions and moments.
But then she has a client whom she recognised.
Mrs. Geraldine Edwards who was her teacher.
Outwardly the report looks fine, everything normal yet Cassie had a glimpse from her and she knows something is not right.

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Forty something Nell's life is a total mess.
She has gone from a happy life in California with her fiance to a broken relationship and having to move back to London tail between her legs.
With no job, totally out of money and friends who have moved on with their own lives Nell slowly starts rebuilding her own life.
She meets a wonderful character through a new job that totally transforms her future.
A sweet chick lit novel full of hope.

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I absolutely love chick lit and read a lot of it and this didn't disappoint.
One of the best books I have read in a while.
"Mummy" is Ellen, late forties, her husband is out of the picture (though not divorced) and she is left at home With their two teens Jane and Peter.
Harassed bullying the kids through their exams and trying to deal with the stresses and dramas in her own life and also her friend with the child that is a reproduction of Chucky!

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Postscript | Cecelia Ahern
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I loved the original but this was so refreshing and a total different direction to the first novel in the sequence.
Since the death of Gerry, Holly has been struggling to move on.
She has met a new man Gabriel and things are ticking along but one day after doing a podcast with her sister about the PS I love you letters a lady approaches her to ask if she could come to their club of the same name.

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Charlotte | Helen Moffett
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This was such a lovely tale expanding on the story of Charlotte Lucas in Jane Austen's Pride and prejudice.
She is plain, poor, unmarried when it was a woman's lot to be wed.
The only way to change her circumstances is to marry and she chooses the clergyman Mr. Collins.
It's no love match but she is happy enough until the tragic death of her son Tom.
Grieving she goes to visit her friend Elizabeth Bennet where she has feelings for a fellow guest.

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Ashes | Christopher de Vinck
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This was incredible, a tale of loss and friendship at a time when the friendship described was taboo and forbidden by the mores of the day.
It is the time of the occupation of Belgium in 1940.
Hava Daniels is a Jew and Simone Lyon is the daughter of a national war hero.
When their city is invaded the girls flee for their lives together.
What follows is their story of an epic struggle for survival across a war torn land.

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Attica Morgan works as a spy, the Bastille has fallen and she is trying to rescue nobles from Madame La Guillotine's blade.
Yet someone knows what she is doing and killing them before she can effect a rescue.
In the background a plan is also afoot to storm Versailles palace and kill Marie Antoinette.
Attica is trying to save nobles lives ahead of the blade or the murderer trying hard to thwart her plans and trying to rescue the queen.

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Clean Hands | Patrick Hoffman
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Elizabeth Carlyle is a high corporate lawyer.
But her world comes crashing down when a junior colleague "loses" his phone containing very important documents.
She calls in Valencia Walker, an ex CIA officer who acts as a "fixer" to solve the problem quickly and cleanly with no fuss.
But the problem is that the documents have already been copied and passed down the line thereby leading the firm into blackmail.
Cam Valencia sort it in time?

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Very Nearly Normal | Hannah Sunderland
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Effie Heaton is unhappy, she can't find love, she drinks a lot and is jaded with her low wage job at a bookshop.
Then she meets Theo and he is charming, warm, genuine and truly interested in her as a person but Effie is unsure, after such bad luck her natural instinct is to push him away.
But then realises he could be "the one."
Although Theo is hiding something, something that could doom their relationship if Effie ever found out.