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B. Gaskell-Denvil

MELBOURNE, VIC Australia
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Most enjoyable and unique

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-06-2019

Although I do not believe this sort of book is ever written for my age range (ancient) - I found this most entertaining. The lead females determination to be strong and "feisty" (I hate that word) - she was very well characterised, and the other charters were especially well brought out. The male chatacters seemed more believable to me - but everything was well written. The plot was delightful with both humour and dark parts, and the one and only very dark part was excellent, with twists which fascinate. To anyone who enjoys the occasional vampire, I woulkd recommend this book

different and most interesting

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-2019

Finding treasure may sound a little overdone in literature over the centuries, and new books along those lines may sound just too corny. But this is very well written with excellent characterisation and some important differences. It is thoroughly enjoyable, often gripping, and entertained me on many cold nights in bed. Recommended

gripping and realistic

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 03-06-2019

Beautifully written as one would expect, this is a thoroughly gripping novel from beginning to end. The characters are virtually all individual and convincing - the plot is fascinating, and the story-line - although partially para-normal, seems so realistic when written in this manner as if this type of event happens all the time. (Well - maybe it does!) High recommended. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire book

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clever and different

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 22-05-2019

I became quite engrossed with this storyline, and enjoyed the originality. It is certainly very well written, the emotional undercurrents are dealt with well and the characters are outstanding. Very individual and believable, especially the principal protagonist.
The narrator is excellent, and helped bring those characters to life.
I was particularly impressed by the basic originality, and it is certainly entertaining.
A little too light perhaps, and some weaknesses - but there are few books which have none at all. Some of the needed depth seemed just to float away.
But entertaining and I recommend it, especially for more youthful readers.

dlightful entertainment

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

Reviewed: 14-04-2019

This is a very well written and thoroughly entertaining book, and has a clever and unusual plot - although since it is clearly aimed at readers considerably younger than myself, the characterisation did not always appeal.
However, apart from the very teenage behaviour of some of the characters,, I was certainly able to enjoy this book for its clever twists and storyline.
Set in alternative history, the world comes alive on an extremely believable basis, and the introduction of the criminal and crime-solution background really bubbles.
For the right readership, I would certainly recommend this book.

Delightful enjoyment

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 16-02-2019

This book is remarkably clever and absolutely unique. The main protagonist, who is also the narrator since the book is written in the first person, is a fascinating mixture of maniac obstinacy, and intelligent imagination.
Beautifully written with a delicioust blend of highly original and excellently presented characters, I have a couple of very small negative criticisms, in that the book could have done with small cuts here and there since it tends to be just slightly repetitive, and secondly that the actual mystery is less of a mystery than it should have been. But there are plenty of fascinating twists and turns, and I won't drop spoilers - so I can simply say that this book is most certainly worth reading and entertains from the first to the last page.

utterly delicious

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-2019

This is Stephen Fry. What more can I say? His voice and charisma alone are sufficient to make this book into pure delight.
Insights, amazing and hilarious stories, atmosphere and characterisation are all here - beautifully written and beautifully narrated

Mesmerising

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-2019

Watching the scene of arrival at Auschwitz in the film Schindler's List, I felt virtually traumatised and have cried unrelentingly. This book did not make me cry. It is not so bitterly atmospheric. However, it brings a deep and horrific insight into the experiences and deaths of those wretched souls taken to concentration camps during the second world war. This is actually a true story and therefore the appalling conditions and the behaviour of the guards and officials at the camps are utterly believable.
The determination of those who survived, and the degradation and tragedy of those who died is not entirely brought to life, but perhaps this is just as well, or I would have dissolved in tears. Instead the book is absorbing and entirely informative.
The whole story ends in enduring love, and that is exceptionally touching and admirable. This is an excellent book.

delightful

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-2019

This is an amusing, well written and light hearted crime novel - nothing graphic or unpleasant here although there are several crimes involved in the storyline. The two main female protagonists are so extremely well and amusingly brought to life, this helps carry the story along.
The plot is so light-hearted, it hardly exists. There is no mystery and no violence, but characterisation and amusement make for a thoroughly entertaining read.