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More Black than Comedy

Advantages: Gripping, psychologically intriguing
Disadvantages: Disturbing, a bit repetitive in places

...Verine Dorricks is visiting her husband, Donald, in a high security prison. As always he greets her with, “I’m innocent, you know.” But Donald has been found guilty of the murder of ten people. Nine of them were psychotherapists and all victims were ga ...

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Review of Nine Lives - Bernice Rubens

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Sentenced to Life

Advantages: Compelling, dark, complex characters
Disadvantages: May not appeal to you if you don't like black comedy

...On the day of her retirement, Jean Hawkins is presented by her work colleagues with a leaving present, a 5 year diary. Having intended to commit suicide on her return home, this gift rather puts a spanner in the works. Miss Hawkins has spent her entire ...

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Review of A Five Year Sentence - Bernice Rubens

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Love and the Girl Next Door

Advantages: Excellent characters - at least the living ones
Disadvantages: The ludicrously silly spirit sister

...Neighbours, Everybody Needs Good Neighbours Moyur is young and confused. He drapes himself in his mother's saris, puts on make-up, dances around the room and scares his family with his effeminate ways. The only person who really understands him is hi ...

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Review of The Dancing Boy - Ishani Kar-Purkayastha

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A Brilliant Beach Read - Unless You Are Stranded On It!

Advantages: Easy and engaging read, cleverly written
Disadvantages: A had a few niggles regarding the conclusion.

I had read one of Emily Barr's previous novels (Baggage) some years ago and been impressed with her writing. It was always in the back of my mind to read something else, but despite my good intentions, I never quite got round to it. I rectified that recen ...

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Review of Stranded - Emily Barr

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Desert Island Distress!

Advantages: compelling read
Disadvantages: none

...must be many people's dream to be stranded on a desert island but what would it be like if it became reality? It would not take long for the dream to turn into a nightmare especially if you had to share the island with six strangers and very few prov ...

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Review of Stranded - Emily Barr

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