Happy New Year everyone. I thought I’d start 2015 by sharing my thoughts on the latest book I have just read. I had plenty of reading time over the last few days whilst son1 was in hospital.
I joined the Mumsnet Book Club in November and before I’d even finished reading my first book “Falling“, I received a second free book to review. This time it is “The Girl Who Just Appeared” by Jonathan Harvey.
This is what it says on the back cover.
London – The Present.
Holly Smith has never fitted in. Adopted when just a few months old, she’s always felt she was someone with no history. All she has is the address of where she was born – 32B Gambier Terrace, Liverpool. When Holly discovers that the flat is available to rent, she travels north and moves in. And in the very same flat, under the floorboards, she finds a biscuit tin full of yellowing papers. Could these papers be the key to her past?
Liverpool – 1981.
Fifteen-year-old Darren is negotiating life with his errant mother and the younger brother he is raising. When the Toxteth Riots explode around him, Darren finds himself with a moral dilemma that will have consequences for the rest of his life.
Flitting between the past and the present, Darren and Holly’s lives become intertwined. Will finding Darren give Holly the answers she craves? Or will she always feel like the girl who just appeared?
This book starts in the present telling the story of Holly and we get almost a third through the book before we are introduced to Darren, the second main character. I won’t say much as I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t read it yet. Holly has discovered Darren’s diary which he wrote back in 1981 and is reading it. I found it harder to relate to reading about Darren, as I was already fixated on Holly’s story and wanted to continue reading about Holly. I still really enjoyed reading the book, but felt that perhaps Darren should have been introduced to the reader earlier. And the ending was guessable several chapters beforehand.
“The Girl Who Just Appeared” is by Jonathan Harvey who is a multi-award-winning writer of plays, films and sitcoms. He is a scriptwriter for Coronation Street. The paperback edition is currently on sale on Amazon for £3.85 compared to an RRP of £7.99. It is also available in kindle format. I do recommend this book. It is a good read.
Disclosure. This post is a review of a book I was sent for free. All opinions are my own.
Love the sound of this beauty
Love intrigue and mystery
A while since I read this one, but it certainly had an interesting plot
This book sounds really interesting
Love books that leave me wondering will they or won’t they x
Thankyou for the review
yes I enjoyed this one
An interesting concept although I think I may find reading two stories in one slightly confusing maybe? thank you for linking up with #readwithme x
yes I did have to back a few pages, the first time the second main character was introduced
This sounds like a great book that you could pick up and put down – ideal when you have children! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested
yes it always seems to be a case of trying to grab a few quiet minutes to myself here
This sounds like a very interesting story…..Shame it is a bit predictable though x
yes worth a read
I haven’t even seen the book and I’m already starting to guess the ending 🙂 I might have to get this one… Being an adoptive parent myself with lots of holes in my son’s life story!
it is an enjoyable read, but I certainly wouldn’t have guessed the ending correctly before I started reading
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Sounds like an interesting story – shame it was maybe not quite as good as it could have been! I really like the cover.
yes I would it give 4 stars