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I’d always assumed that David Baldacci was for boys rather than girls so up until now I’ve steered clear. This is the sixth title in the King & Maxwell series – Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are former secret service agents turned private investigators and in this book the duo stumble into a perilous journey involving the CIA, DoD and FBI - but don’t let that put you off – it’s a page-turner of the highest order, my commute to work simply wasn’t long enough and the pace of the writing leaves you breathless. I’ve also decided that I want to be Michelle Maxwell. David Baldacci – not just for boys!
by Neil Gaiman
The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a novel I read in a single sitting. The adult narrator returns to his childhood home and remembers a disastrous birthday party, the death of a kitten, and the suicide of a lodger, drawing us towards the secrets that lurk along the lane. Lettie Hempstock, the girl who lives in the house at the end of the lane with her mother and grandmother, leads the narrator into Gaiman's world of immeasurably old powers, peril, and obligations.
This is a book about fear. The fear of supernatural forces and ancient evil, the fear of a small boy trapped in a lonely childhood, and the trauma of discovering that his parents aren't all powerful and unconditionally kind. That fear, and the gradual way in which secrets and memories are revealed, makes this an immensely enjoyable and compelling book.
by Lee Child
I've read all the Jack Reacher books but this one ranks up there with the very best in the series, like Killing Floor and The Visitor. It starts with a bang, as Reacher returns to his old army base in Virginia to finally meet the woman whose voice he liked the sound of on the phone three novels ago. When he arrives, he is arrested, and things don't let up from there. This time Reacher teams up with the tough, likeable Major Susan Turner to bring down a powerful conspiracy. As ever, Lee Child keeps the narrative moving at a rapid pace, making it genuinely hard to tear yourself away from the book and do important things like eat and sleep. This is tense, action-packed stuff where the good guys take on the bad, and I loved it.
This is a touching family drama that is guaranteed to pull on your heart strings. It has everything you could want from a great story: lies, guilt, betrayal and family secrets. The story revolves around three generations of women and as the plot unfolds, their relationships are tested and strained, and difficult memories are relived. I loved the characters – they are all complex and have very different reasons behind the choices they have made. The book is well written and draws you in so that you can't help but want more. This is the ideal eBook to read in the park in the Spring sunshine or curled up at home on a rainy day.
As a fan of the TV series, I was worried the book might be too different but they stayed in line surprisingly well. You obviously get a fair bit more detail in a book, so things like the characters' relationships and motivations are easier to grasp. The world is really rich and hints at a lot of the things I expect to see in the up and coming books. The fact that the book foreshadows so much really shows how well the story is planned. In short, a joy to read, with keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat suspense.
You may think you know whether or not you like fantasy. George R. R. Martin's 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series – regardless of where you stand – is a breath of fresh air. If you love complex characters that aren't pure good or evil or you enjoy dastardly plots and clever intrigue, this is your book. If magic and dragons have put you off fantasy until now, don't worry – in this book it's the great characters and the unexpected plot twists that take centre stage. And no character is safe - you have been warned!
This is the kind of book I wish someone had given me when I was a pre-teen. It would’ve made me feel better about myself. It was my first James Patterson and while I may not know much about his thrillers, he’s brilliant at writing for teenagers. The book is a riot, both in terms of the narrative and the accompanying illustrations. More than one embarrassing memory of my own summer camps suddenly seemed hilarious when viewed through the prism Patterson offered. From bullies to girls and crazy adventures, this instalment of the Middle School series made all the usual (and a few unusual) episodes of early teen life seem almost endurable.
To enjoy the cool illustrations at their best, I would recommend reading this eBook on a tablet or computer.
by Jack Monroe
This is a great cookbook, packed with recipes that are very straightforward and simple to cook. It is also one of very few cookbooks I have read through and felt I could cook a number of recipes from the cupboard without a trip to the supermarket.
I have cooked several recipes from A Girl Called Jack so far, including 'Sicilian Style Sardines With Pasta and Green Beans' (p 152), 'Onion Pasta With Parsley and Red Wine' (p 87) and the eBooks by Sainsbury’s office favourite 'White Chocolate Tea Bread' (p 39). Despite the store cupboard ingredients the dishes were nutritious and delicious. And not only is the book full of great recipes, it also contains some sensible tips for helping you reduce the cost of your weekly shop.
I can't see a time that my kitchen will be without this cookbook. It already sits beside old favourites that I cannot do without.