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I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh - 8.7
A rivoting read, appearing predicatable to begin with but with lots of twists and turns along the way. A real page turner with some sinnister moments. Interesting characters, well written. Many in the group are reading the book for a second time.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes - 8.6
We enjoyed the premise and were glad she didn't shy away from the difficult ending. We felt she dealt with the subject matter very well. However, we found her characters a bit one dimensional and some of the tropes were a bit too much (she even notes the similarity to pygmalion/my fair lady in the conversation between to the main characters). Saying that, it drew tears, laughter and careful thought, so all in all we thought it was a good read and would recommend it.
Life after Life by Kate Atkinson – 8.5
Life After Life follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. With wit and compassion, Kate Atkinson finds warmth even in life’s bleakest moments, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the past. Here she is at her most profound and inventive, in a novel that celebrates the best and worst of ourselves.
Burial Rights by Hannah Kent – 8.5
Northern Iceland, 1829. A woman condemned to death for murdering her lover. A family forced to take her in. A priest tasked with absolving her. But all is not as it seems, and time is running out:
winter is coming, and with it the execution date. Only she can know the truth. This is Agnes's story.
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