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Book Review – Beneath the Earth by John Boyne

This is a book of twelve shorts stories and I read this book in two days. And that is going it some for me as I am a normally a slow reader but loved it so much I just couldn’t stop reading.

The themes are interesting, mysterious and dark and one of them even written in the second person – You don’t come across that every day. The style of writing is humorous and funny and not wishing to give you too much of a disturbing image, but I was reading this book whilst lying in the bath and my wife was beginning to wonder who I had in there with me when she could hear me laughing  to myself behind the locked door.

Great booked loved it and totally recommend this one.

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This is the first John Boyne book I have read and have noted ‘Must read more of his!’

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Book Review -Heroes by Robert Cormier

This is an excellent story with a dark theme running through it. The book starts with the protagonist, Francis Cassavant describing his injuries and how his face is disfigured from injuries after returning home from the war. He returns a hero, although he hides his identity as he has mission to enact a plan to the kill the man who only he knows of his evil.

The story moves back to before the war when Larry Lasalle arrives in Frenchtown and is loved by everyone. He has a style about him that everyone admires. There is however something that Larry tries to hide from them all, but in his weakness fails to control himself, and here his dark morality is eventually revealed. Larry then leaves the town to fight for his country and becomes a war hero as well as Francis.

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Eventually Francis confronts Larry and his true nature is revealed. This is an extremely moving story, with a strong theme of deception and how someone’s image can hide a multitude of sins. This is a great book that raising a lot of questions.

In under 500 words love, romance, pain and a twist

A snap piece of flash fiction for you. Sometimes there is no reason but I thought it would be fun to write this piece to provide to you in a few words as possible a story of mixed emotions with a twist to complete.

A romantic novel should have a emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending. My attempt at romance: Are watching Mills and Boon!

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Enjoy friends!

 

Book Review – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train is Paula Hawkins debut novel and what an amazing book to kick off with. The only problem Hawkins has now created is keeping up the standards for future novels.

This story concentrates around the main character of Rachel Watson who travels to London on her regular commute by train. Every day it stops at a signal that overlooks the residential back garden of Megan and Scott; she imagines the perfect life of the couple who she has never met. This is contrary to her own life where her marriage had failed with her husband leaving her for another woman. Rachel’s life is in a decline with alcohol problems that add to the mystery of the story with the blackouts that she sometimes experiences.

One day Rachel is shocked to see Megan kissing another man and feels anger at Megan for what she has done to Scott. Following a night of heavy drinking Rachel wakes and finds herself with blood stains and injuries on herself with no memory of where these came from or how she had managed to get them.  This is followed by the news that Megan has gone missing and this is the start of a journey of intrigue and suspense.

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This book kept me guessing all the way leading me one way and then another. Perfectly executed to the very end and a great read and one I wanted to add to my recommendations. I now wait impatiently for the next novel from Paula Hawkins.

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Book Review – A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

The story starts with Miriam a young girl, the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy businessman, living a secluded life with her mother on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan. Mariam, grows to womanhood, and is forced into marriage with Rasheed and moves to the unfamiliar surroundings of Kabul where we are introduced to Laila. Laila is just nine years old and lives near to Miriam. She has been brought up by her father who has provided Laila with a loving upbringing and good education.

Events in the women’s lives are destined to merge. The story gives the reader an insight into life as a woman in Kabul and the oppression and struggles under the Soviet occupation, followed by the Taliban rule. Khaled Hosseini draws you in with the development of the characters so much you feel the emotion, joys and pains as it unravels in this classic novel.

a-thousand-splendid-suns-facebook-coverKhaled Hosseini is author of the best selling novel The Kite Runner and does not disappoint with A Thousand Splendid Suns. This is an exceptionally gripping and brilliantly crafted read that you will not be able to put down.

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I highly recommend this book, with my star rating of 11 out of 10, and one you should definitely add to your list of ‘must reads’.

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