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The Marble Collector by Cecelia Ahern

Such a charming book, it was heart warming and uplifting and definitely brought meaning to the phrase “lost my marbles”.

How do you begin to know someone you thought you knew and who had hidden his true self for so long even he doesn’t know the real him.

For Sabrina this is exactly what happens, her father cannot remeber much of his life so when his belongings arrive at her house it reveals and father she never even knew!

How can Sabrina get to the truth when you cannot ask the only person who knew the truth as he now doesn’t know it either!

A fabulous reminder that not being ourselves hurts not only us but everyone we love and hold dear on our hearts.

This story is full of love, hope, understanding and most of all relearning who the real man is behind all the forgotten memories.

100% worth a read, as with all of Ahern’s books it holds hidden meaning and charm throughout.

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Innocent Graves by Peter Robinson

Another novel in the Inspector Banks series, while it can be read alone or out of sequence to the others it is probably best read in order. Even though the crimes are different in each book they contain the same characters and their side stories continue throughout.

Innocent Graves sees the brutal murder of a young girl, whose body is found in a graveyard. Her father has money, which as always means he has power!

Will his influence stop the killer from being found as the police are under pressure to catch the killer as quickly as possible or will further secrets be uncovered. Such is a small community, secrets never stay secret for long and the young girl who was murdered had kept a few of her own!

Highly enjoyable crime novel and a great series if you want a few books to sink your teeth into. Also has been on TV, very closely followed the novels.

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The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances

Well how can I describe this book without giving anything away, it is a fantastic read and I devoured it in three days. Thats the fastest I’ve read anything in a while.

This book makes it so subtle yet so clear that something just isn’t right throughout the story, the drama and the way the tension grows had me feeling physically nervous at times.

The book certainly lives up to it’s description, it is most definitely a psychological thriller. At times it had me suspicious, worried, angry and nervous but mostly it actually sent chills up my spine and I was scared for the characters.

The issue starts when a new girlfriend comes between Daniel and his mother, their relationship is fairly tight and she is very protective of her son even if he is an adult! His new girlfriend isn’t sure she likes this relationship and tries to put her own stamp on Daniel. When things start to go wrong who will be believed as the victim, the controlling mother or the controlling girlfriend? Its hard to decide when neither is completely innocent!

I know I always say it but this is a 100% must read for all book lovers out there.

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Gravity by Tess Gerritsen

Yet again Tess Gerritsen does not disappoint, this book is all about space travel and the international space station, it also plays on a persons biggest fear….what if we are not alone in the universe and what if they are hostile beings?!

This book does contain a lot of NASA acronyms but there is a full glossary of terms at the back. All the jargon just shows how real the story seems and the research that went into the book. Without these terms the story would fall flat and just become a two dimensional tale, rather than a book to get caught up in.

The idea that people aboard the international space station are at the mercy of ground control is a problem in itself but put in a deadly illness, the likes of which has never been seen before we have major problems. How can the guys be saved without risking the lives of the people on earth and how can an emergency rescue mission take place when it takes days to get there from earth?

This story is gripping from the start and on more than a few occasions will have you with a lump in your throat. As usual I fully recommended this book and most of Tess Gerritsen’s books, and if I haven’t recommended it yet it’s because I haven’t read it!

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The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes

If you want a lightweight funny and highly entertaining book then look no further. Marian Keyes is the queen of this genre, her books are captivating from the moment you open them.

The Woman Who Stole My Life is a wonderful trip through the life of a middle age woman, who once had everything only to loose it all, to claw and scrape her way back to make a life for her family only to possibly loose it all again!

It has a wonderful story line of romance, family, heartbreak, illness and most of fun. How do you make some of life’s biggest decisions when you have a family to think of, sometimes putting yourself first is the only way forward despite what everyone may think.

I can’t say too much about the book without giving anything away so please just trust me and give it a read! Its a great book with a lovely story, it will make you laugh it will make you angry and it will make you sad everything a good book should do.

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Silent Scream by Karen Rose

I adore all of Karen Rose’s books so far, they contain all of the sections from my favorite genres. They have gruesome crimes, brave heroes, exciting plot twists and a good portion of sex and romance whithout being too over the top.

Some of Rose’s novels contain some of the same characters but I haven’t read them in order and I have not found the story confusing or disjointed at all.

Silent Scream is about many different criminal activities like arson, murder, blackmail and adultery. It highlights throughout the story that you can never be too careful about who is listening or watching your every move! A fire is set by a group of teenagers, who realising there is someone in the building, just walk away leaving them there to die. The only problem is someone else watched them do it and has it all on video tape, determined to make them pay and to be the master who pulls their strings the voyeur begins blackmailing them.

Can detectives Sutherland and Kane figure out who is behind all of this before it all comes crashing down and people get hurt? Can detective Sutherland find love with handsome fire fighter David?

Well read the book to find out! Written in a diary type style you follow the plot day by day and time slot by time slot slowly unravelling the story. Strongly suggest a read if you jave never tried Karen Rose before.

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Insomnia by Stephen King

As always Mr King never fails to completely enchant me with his novels. Even though most are very long they dont feel like they are hard to read, they just flow across every page dragging you deeper into the plot.

For me this is a romance novel the only way King knows how, lots of horror, magical beings and the idea that we are only part of what is on this earth and in this reality, mixed in with some heartbreak and love for good measure. As usual the book also covers some difficult topics like domestic abuse and abortion, never gratifying either it is used as a tool to represent how inflammatory topics can spiral out of control.

Also as with some others of Stephen King’s books this on makes reference to the dark tower series and the power that seems to run through Derry. If you haven’t read the Dark Tower books I suggest you do and if you are a fan of King then you will be aware that the Dark Tower features in a few of his novels like IT, The Eyes Of The Dragon just to name a couple.

King is one of the best authors around and if you haven’t ready any of his stuff please give it a try, you will not be disappointed.

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