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Great author!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-11-2020

I really enjoyed this book. Blackman tells a compelling story with humour and great insight. You get to see all sides of the story, whilst coming across many profound statements. I’m going to read all his books.

Very good.

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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-2020

I really enjoyed this book. Good mixture of humour and the more serious aspects of life. The narration was difficult for me. Too much of a difference between the soft voice parts and the louder ones.

Rubbish

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-10-2020

Just because you think corruption in Sydney lawyers, banks, police and even the FBI is exciting, doesn’t mean it is for your readers. You still need to flesh out characters instead of relying on their status to thrill us. The character’s names were ridiculous- Clarity Sparks and an undercover person using a unusual name like Tarquin. Above all, just because the author was a journalist doesn’t mean he can fantasise about the role they play in discovering “truth” and letting the public know before the police. What a waste of my time!

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Great book!

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-10-2020

I loved this book and think it’s even better than Jasper Jones. I couldn’t stop listening. It was lovely to hear a true Aussie accent and a story based in Australia, which really resonates. There were so many interesting characters and a plot that kept me enthralled. Best book of 2020 for me!

Courageous

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-2020

Well done for sharing so much with the reader. Such courage in that, along with getting through all the challenges of your childhood. It resonated and clarified some of the things that happened in my family. Tough, but very affirming. I now have children who trust their parents with anything.

Ridiculous!

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-09-2020

I couldn’t have cared if everyone in this book perished. The action was so implausible it was almost a comedy. Did the author do any research on snow and freezing weather? On personality disorder? On the way a guest house would be run? Crazy.

Why?

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-09-2020

I don’t know the purpose of this book. Are we to think that everybody has as many negative traits as these characters, or perhaps it’s good that we don’t? The author still writes so well and that’s what made me finish it. Not easy when there are no likeable characters or storylines to follow. Is Elena having a laugh at us all?

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Delightful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-2020

This book was so enjoyable to read. Well crafted characters, a vibrant story and wonderful mastery of language. I’m going to miss Alexander. He feels like a friend.

Great book!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-2020

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters and events were so well drawn. It drew me in and kept me intrigued the whole way. Lovely to have strong female characters and definitely a timely insight into facing widespread illness with no idea of how to conquer it.

Not satisfying

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-07-2020

There was not a single successful romantic relationship in this book. Nor were women allowed to be truly strong. They could perform outlandish rescues but then perish in the oceans themselves or oops, by standing in the rain! The thread of history through the locket and book was tiresome. Big deal!