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A Hidden Gem? No, But Not Bad.

Advantages: Scenes & events easy to visualise, reasonably gripping premise
Disadvantages: Fell short on some aspects (predictability, empathy, believability etc) for it to be better

...I came across this in the library recently and whilst I wasn’t familiar with the author the cover caught my attention. It may not have been the most credible of novels, but it was an engaging read that I found enjoyable nonetheless. Hidden falls within ...

gothic_moon 07.04.2016 ·
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Review of Hidden - Casey Hill

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When Justice Isn't

Advantages: A gripping story, thought-provoking impact
Disadvantages: None

We've all read the stories in the papers: children who kill, particularly children who kill children. We've always wondered what went through their minds as they did it. We've also wondered about what happens to them once they're no longer children, whe ...

hiker 10.06.2015 · Read full review
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Review of Humber Boy B - Ruth Dugdall

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Could this bee the start of something good?

Advantages: Interesting protagonist, good location
Disadvantages: Confusing plot

The Honey Guide is a crime novel by Richard Crompton. Crompton is a British journalist who has been living in Kenya since 2007. The Honey Guide is his debut novel and is the first, in what Crompton no doubt hopes, in a series featuring his detective Mol ...

Essexgirl2006 31.05.2014 · Read full review
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Review of The Honey Guide - Richard Crompton

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The Great Plague returns...

Advantages: Original story
Disadvantages: A bit contrived, translation occasionally odd

Every day, Joss Le Guern, a self-appointed town crier, makes his announcements in a small Parisian square. The announcements are anonymously prepared for him in envelopes, with five francs included inside. However, Le Guern and one of the listeners, Decam ...

sunmeilan 27.09.2010 · Read full review
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Review of Have Mercy on Us All - Fred Vargas

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Great book, great writer

Advantages: Really solid piece of journalism
Disadvantages: helps if you have seen the The Wire or been to Baltimore

As a massive fan of the TV series The Wire, and a complete sucker for marketing I fell on this book in the airport. The buy line is "a true crime classic from the creator of The Wire". And to be honest I have not been disappointed, like the TV show and t ...

hooligan854321 27.03.2009 · Read full review
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Review of Homicide - David Simon

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