Lifeless by Mark Billingham

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Bought this as a “must read” in May and promptly lost it in the pile of books under my bed. Which is why it took me until Christmas to get around to reading it.

Someone is killing rough sleepers in London and Tom Thorne goes undercover and fits in very well on the streets. Some bits struck me as a bit unlikely but that’s true of real life as well as fiction and on the whole it was a solid and enjoyable read.


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Purchased on 28th May 2006.

The Pact by Jodi Picoult

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I was surprised to find that it’s been five years since I read Plain Truth which I read for a mailing list bookgroup. I couldn’t remember that book very well and am surprised by my own comments on it. The wonders of record keeping!

I found this to be a real page turner. The Pact in question is a suicide pact in which perfect teenage daughter Emily ends up dead and her boyfriend ends up injured, alive and accused of her murder. I enjoyed the first part of the book which interwove the main characters pasts with the aftermath of Emily’s death, and I couldn’t put the book down when we got to the trial. But in the end I was a bit disappointed. I’d rather have had more of the characters and less of the suspense.

Pretty good, and I will probably read more by the same author, but it seemed to be lacking something in the end.


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Borrowed.

A Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler

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I could write exactly the same non-review as I did of the first of Anne Tyler’s books that I read: The Accidental Tourist. Except that I hit it off with this one from the first page and knew I was going to like it.

I didn’t want it to end, or at least I wanted one of those one page summaries of “this is what happened to everybody next” – except it would have spoiled the book to have trimmed its wings like that. Really liked it, must read more Tyler.


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Borrowed.