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Prayers for the Stolen

It’s hard to imagine what it must be like to be young and poor and growing up in a Mexico which regards young women as commodities to be traded. However, this book took me right there whether I wanted or imagined it or not. I was gripped from start to finish.

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The Machine

Is it possible to reprogramme a brain that has been damaged by dementia or post traumatic stress disorder? This modern Gothic tale is a chilling warning of might go wrong when we attempt to 'play God' with the mind. The claustrophobic and ominous background of a society breaking down through the effects of global warming helps to make this an emotionally charged reading experience. The shock ending will make you want to read this novel twice.

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Although graphic and explicit at times this is nevertheless a compelling Victorian gothic style novel. A gloomy winter countryside is the atmospheric setting for a story of increasing intrigue and suspicions with lurid letters and gruesome acts culminating in a particularly nasty murder.

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One Three One: A Time-shifting Gnostic Hooligan Road Novel

If Dr Who was a football fan, this is exactly the kind of journey that would happen to him. It's a bit like a dope fiend stealing Harry Potter's invisibility cloak or bungee jumping through time portals from one completely insane world to another. Or like travelling through Sardinia with Lawrence of Arabia, instead of the author of Lady Chatterley's Lover. Ken Russell, we need you to make this book into a film.

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Norwegian by Night

Sheldon Horowitz is a grumpy 82 year old ex-marine, haunted by his past, who moves from New York to Oslo to live with his granddaughter. When he rescues a young Balkan boy from a murder scene, they go on the run from the killer. Take a Scandi-noir chase novel, add in crisp deadpan humour, nostalgia, grief, dementia and a touch of Huckleberry Finn. Out comes a compelling, multilayered, rich and haunting thriller about age, regret and survival.

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