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About Madeleine

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  • Birthday 06/05/1964

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  • Reading now?
    "False Values" by Ben Aaronovitch
  • Location:
    SE England
  • Interests
    Reading, walking, visiting places of interest, getting out of London.

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  1. Never Ending Book Titles

    The Invisible Man - H G Wells
  2. Stop Crying Your Heart Out - Oasis
  3. Never Ending Book Titles

    The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman
  4. Madeleine's Books Read 2022

    "The Lamplighters" by Emma Stonex - this book is a kind of riff on the famous lighthouse mystery which occurred in the Hebrides around the turn of the last century - the 3 keepers vanished without trace, and to this day no one knows what happened to them. This book is set more recently, alternating between 1972 - when the Vanishing, as it's referred to, took place - and 1992, which is the present day in the book, and the lighthouse is off the Cornish coast. We get the story in two parts - the build up to the Vanishing, as the keepers pass the time together just before Christmas 1972 - and then we get an insight into their back stories, as well as that of their wives/girlfriends, and also the investigation, plus further revelations when an author decides to write an account of the Vanishing, and attempts to interview the women. One ignores him, as she has done to the other women when they've met for anniversaries of the Vanishing, one isn't sure, but the Principal Keeper's wife, Helen, is keen to talk. So we gradually find out what really happened. Although the book is quite well-written and fast paced, I can't say I really enjoyed it - I didn't find the characters particularly likeable, or convincing, and there are a couple of strange loose ends too, which I wonder if the author left to deliberately keep up the air of mystery? Obviously I can't say too much for fear of spoilers, but I think my overall verdict would be disappointing. The monotony of the routine on the light was evoked very well, especially as the keepers could see the mainland and the lights of their own homes on the mainland, as was the atmosphere and descriptions of the sea. The ghost story element felt a bit contrived though, and just didn't really feel that convincing. 6/10
  5. Muggle Not's Reading - 2022

    Don't worry, Beverly is a regular character!
  6. Love on your side - Thompson Twins
  7. Your Book Activity April 2022

    Interesting, wonder why they changed the title?
  8. Your Book Activity April 2022

    Haven't heard that title before, in the UK the first book is just called Rivers of London. A very enjoyable series, glad you like it so far!
  9. Madeleine's Books Read 2022

    A Fever in the Blood by Oscar de Muriel - this is the 2nd in the series set in late Victorian Edinburgh, and it's New Year 1889, but no celebrations for our crime fighting duo when they're told that a resident of the same asylum where McGrey's sister is a long term patient has gone missing, and is the prime suspenct in the death of one of the nurses. McGrey is further drawn into the case when he learns that his sister, who has been mute since a terrible incident in their childhood, spoke to the man, who is none other than Joel Ardglass, who fans of the series will know has a personal connection to McGrey. A chain of events is set in motion which sees the duo heading over the border into England, and to the notorious Lancashire town of Pendle, which is still a draw for witches. there are so many plot twists that I felt a bit dizzy, and this is a fast paced romp across the Lancashire moors in pursuit of a gang of witches, both good and bad, who are involved in smuggling and murder. As the body count rises, it looks like Frey and McGrey will be next, especially as McGrey's obsession with his sister, and what made her speak, takes both him and Frey into greater danger. Great entertainment, with some genuine suspense as well as flashes of humour. 8/10
  10. Hello from Ireland

    Hi and welcome, from another paper book lover!
  11. The Last Film You Saw

    A Quiet Place II -enjoyed it but thought the ending was very abrupt.
  12. Letter from America - The Proclaimers
  13. Reap the wild wind - Ultravox
  14. Broken Wings - Mister Mr