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The Other Valley

🌟🌟🌟🌟 A fascinating speculative premise and a read I absolutely could not put down for almost exactly the first half (Part1). Although this reader did find the pacing and characterization of the second half (Part 2) less rewarding, overall this is a stunning read - original, interesting and well worth…

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The Other Mothers

🌟🌟🌟🌟 An ambitious, suspenseful and interesting read, made intimate as it is told from the first-person perspective of two women, in two different time periods : Tash, a journalist with a toddler, struggling to carve out a place for herself amongst a strange and much richer clan of sparkly young…

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The Old Ducks’ Hen Do

🌟🌟🌟🌟 β€œWe were born to be real, not perfect”. A sweetly wistful tale of aging, regrets, and second (or third, or even fourth) chances as we follow the Mallorca-based adventures of a group of British sixty-ish female friends, charmingly naming themselves β€œthe Old Ducks”. A Hen party in sunny Spain,…

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The Search Party

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Interesting and suspenseful, this read is a cut-above the pack, a thriller which takes the time to let complex characters simmer, the author dropping tantalizing clues (from several point-of-views and time periods) of both what’s to come and what has already transpired - not quite giving the reader enough…

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This House of Grief

🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2 A true-crime recounting of the horrific events on Father’s Day, Sept 4, 2005, in Winchelsea, Australia, which resulted in the drowning of three children - Jai, Tyler, and Bailey Farquharson - and the trial of their father, Robert Farquharson. Told in the first person by a journalist, herself a…

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Bright Young Women

🌟🌟🌟🌟 A fascinating fictionalized re-telling of the horrors of serial killer Ted Bundy, with a key difference. This story is told not in terms of the protagonist Bundy himself, (who is so small and undeserving of our focus in every way that he is not in fact, even granted a…

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The Raging Storm

🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2 Atmospheric and evocative, Book 3 in the Two Rivers (Inspector Matthew Venn) series, this author (and this series) can be counted on for all the elements of a top-notch police procedural, with the bonus of a team of detectives, led by Inspector Matthew Venn, as well-developed, multi-layered and interesting…

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