A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks

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Lots of very contemporary themes – which are in the news today!  The young Muslim man struggling with his cultural identity and who becomes involved in a bombing plot; the neglected teenager who ends up having a psychotic attack after smoking too much skunk; the schizophrenic brother; horrible reality tv shows; escape from reality in online games etc.

Thread that runs throughout is ‘what is reality?’

The mental health theme also appears in Englby – which I liked better than this book.  I’ve now read several Sebastian Faulk’s books, but not perhaps his most famous Birdsong and I do like his style of writing.


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Girl in the red coat by Kate Hamer

redShe is the missing girl. But she doesn’t know she’s lost. Carmel Wakeford becomes separated from her mother at a local children’s festival, and is found by a man who claims to be her estranged grandfather. He tells her that her mother has had an accident and that she is to live with him for now. As days become weeks with her new family, 8-year-old Carmel realises that this man believes she has a special gift… While her mother desperately tries to find her, Carmel embarks on an extraordinary journey, one that will make her question who she is – and who she might become.

It took me a few pages to get into this book – something about the conversations between Carmel and her mother and I’m not quite sure why –  but then Carmel goes missing and I was hooked. Read the book in one sitting (don’t you just love Sundays?) and had to find out how the story was going to end. Clever, incredibly well paced and can’t wait to read more from this author.


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North Walsham Mobile Community Read Proves Popular

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Coloucolourofmilkr of Milk by Nell Leyshon

Summary:  1831. 15-year-old Mary begins the difficult task of telling her story. Mary leads a harsh life working on her father’s farm. In the summer she is sent to work for the local vicar’s invalid wife, where the reasons why she must record the truth of what happens to her are gradually revealed..

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Taking the Fall by A P McCoy

Taking the FallNo surprise that this is a horse racing thriller coming as it does from A.P. McCoy!

Not as successful as his racing career but enjoyable none the less.

A talented young jockey is looking to both send his career in the right direction, but also pay back the racing people who set up & disgraced his father’s good name.

Good plot line, flows along well & comes to satisfactory but not necessarily the conclusion expected.

For those who read Dick & Felix Francis books.


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Fear the Dark by Chris Mooney

Fear the DarkThis is a nail-biting serial killer thriller, keeps you on edge for most of the time.

Fear grips a town in Colorado as a murderer targets entire families in their own homes.

As police and the FBI struggle to contain the situation, they bring in forensic investigator and serial killer expert Darby McCormick. 

Characters are really well drawn, makes you hate some of them straight away!

There are some really gruesome bits & graphic descriptions of the murders that some people will find too much (me included in places).

If you like the novels of Michael Connelly, Karin Slaughter, or Lee Child you should like this too.


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Great Yarmouth’s Community Read

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Great Yarmouth Library are reading The Outcast Dead by Elly Griffiths, Never Saw it Coming by Linwood Barclay and Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie for their Community Read.  These books will be available at the library or can be reserved.

outcast deadThe Outcast Dead by Elly Griffiths (reserve here)

Summary:  Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway has excavated a body from the grounds of Norwich Castle, a forbidding edifice that was once a prison. She believes the body may be that of infamous Victorian murderess Jemima Green. Called Mother Hook for her claw-like hand, Jemima was hanged in 1867 for the murder of five children in her care. DCI Harry Nelson has no time for long-dead killers. Immersed in the case of three infants found dead, one after the other, in their King’s Lynn home, he’s convinced that a family member is responsible, though others on his team think differently. Then a…

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My Sister lives on the mantelpiece by Annabel Pilcher

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mysisterMy sister lives on  the mantelpiece by Annabel Pilcher

This is a moving book which will make you laugh, smile and cry.  It is sad, hopeful and funny all at the same time!  We pick up the story five years since ten year old Jamie’s family suffered a horrendous tragedy and it is a heart breaking, yet heart warming  tale of how they each struggle to come to terms with their grief.  Jamie who has no real memory of what happens now lives in the Lake District with his Dad and teenage  sister.  The story is told through Jamie’s eyes, which  the author does brilliantly, as Jamie struggles to cope with the recent absence of his Mum, a new school, and a Dad who is becoming increasingly distant while finding solace in drink.

It is a very clever story, as despite the hardships the family have endured the author is…

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The Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke

The Cinderella MurderThis is the second book in the reality drama Under Suspicion series featuring Laurie Moran.

Another cold case is taken on to try to solve a murder which took place 20 years ago, nicknamed The Cinderella Murder.

Laurie knows the case will make a great programme, especially when the former suspects include Hollywood’s elite and some tech billionaires.

Her lawyer friend/love interest Alex Buckley is involved again too.

There are lots of dramas, red herrings & more murders before the final denouement takes place.

I enjoyed it. Hope there are more in this series to come.


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Share a Book With Us

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Available now –   our Norfolk’s Great Big Read Bookmarkers.  Share your thoughts on books borrowed from the library during Norfolk’s Great Big Read by filling out the review side of the bookmarker and handing in to a member of staff.  If you need more space then feel free to email your review to norfolklovesbooks@gmail.com.


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Mobile Library Community Read

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Following the popularity of films and TV programmes set in India, the Central Mobile Libraries theme for Norfolk’s Great Big read will be Anglo-Indian Literature and History.  Look out for Midnight’s Children, a tale of mystery and magic set at the time of India’s Independence.  Or if you prefer nonfiction – The essential writings of Mahatma Gandhi will give you some food for thought.

midnightschildrenMidnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (reserve here)

Summary:  This is a many-layered narrative in which the complexities of the Indian sub-continent are projected through the minds of many characters. Comic, tragic and fantastic by turns, this is the novel which revolutionised English fiction..

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