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This intriguing book is the fourth in the bestselling Clifton Chronicles series, following on from Best Kept Secret, and is set in the late fifties and early sixties. Jeffrey Archer is a master storyteller, and the ongoing tale of the feud between the Clifton and Barrington families swept me along. From the dramatic opening when Harry Clifton and his wife Emma rush to hospital to find out the fate of their son in a car accident, to the Barrington Shipping Company's plans to build a luxury liner, the complex story is so full of twists and turns, it takes some effort to keep up with everything that's going on. The cast of characters is excellent: I found myself enjoying the antihero Don Pedro Martinez – a real love to hate character – more than the main protagonist, Harry Clifton but all the characters are well-drawn and interesting. The in-depth plotting kept me glued to the page to see how it all turned out, and I am looking forward to going back and reading the earlier novels in the series.
by Susan Lewis
This was my first Susan Lewis book and I honestly did not know what to expect. She describes the characters so vividly that you even start to believe you know them. The book draws you into the story of Josie and the financial struggles that her family is facing. But then Josie also has to cope with a battle of her own, which she has a hard time talking to her family about. In her loneliness she develops an unlikely friendship with Bel, a successful property developer who is haunted by a tragedy that tore her life apart. The two women couldn’t be more different except for one thing that unites them… This book made me cry and laugh at the same time. A moving story about love, friendship and family bonds.
by Jojo Moyes
Jojo Moyes is really back on form with this book. It’s so good, so funny but also really moving at times – just brilliant. You can guess from the outset where the story’s heading - it’s an unconventional love story, but not really that unconventional. For me it was about the characters – I fell in love with them all and laughed and cried with them. Jojo's previous book 'Me Before You' absolutely blew me away when I read it. This is on a par.
I had seen some great reviews for Richard Madeley's previous title so I decided to give this a try. The book is a psychological thriller set in 1962. It opens with a murder that takes place in Florida Keys - that was enough to get me hooked from the start. Stella Arnold, a young English woman about to pursue her Psychology PhD in Boston, is invited to a BBQ in the company of the Kennedys. Dazzling her hosts with her supreme psychological abilities, Stella is asked to help the FBI track down a serial killer that is on the loose. A killer that is more ruthless than her own father...
This book fascinated me until the end. The twists are so unexpected that I couldn’t wait to find out what happens next. Every detail of the story is carefully crafted - a thriller that will linger in my thoughts for a while.
This is the first Michael Connelly book I have read. A friend recommended him so I thought I would give his latest book a go and I am glad I did. From the start I was completely involved in the characters. Mickey Haller is a criminal lawyer that gets the most dastardly criminals off and at the start I really didn’t like him. You're not supposed to! When his client gives him a bloody nose in the opening chapter I had a smug 'serves him right' feeling. But when the main storyline got going I softened towards him.
The plot unfolds well and kept me hooked, wanting to find out more about the past that is obviously haunting Haller and tying the case to another from his past. The book flows really smoothly and the ending for me capped it off well, satisfying my need to understand the dramatic past underlying the murder case. A little melodramatic in the execution, but I am eager for more from Michael Connelly and especially about Mickey Haller.
by Scott Lynch
I'd been waiting a long time for this book and it didn't disappoint. Locke Lamora and Jean Tannen are such great characters, well-realised, entertaining rogues, who always have a cunning plan ready to foil their enemies and outfox their marks. I loved reading about Locke's childhood and his love for the enigmatic Sabetha – definitely more than a match for him. The plot races along as the Gentlemen Bastards plan and execute two schemes - one in the past (putting on a play called, of course, The Republic of Thieves) and one in the present (trying to win an election with a series of dirty tricks). Tremendous fun and the stage is nicely set for book 4 too.
Adam Cakebread says:
I enjoy the show and anything to do with baking, so I was always going to like this book. There is a good selection of categories that match the format of the show’s weekly competitions. My favourite (perhaps unsurprisingly, given my name) is the cake section. There is a good range of recipes, most of which cater for amateurs like me. I was happy with my attempt at the miniature chocolate & cherry cakes, which went down a treat (literally). The book in interspersed with interviews with past contestants, which, while not being of great interest to me, did give the book an atmosphere of other people joining in.
Overall, I liked the book and will be giving some of the other recipes a go soon. This definitely has Adam Cakebread's seal of approval - a statement that sounds more authoritative than it really is! But Cakebreads do know a good cake book when we see one!