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    The Grild he used to know

    Beautiful. It has found a ay into my heart. A must read.
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    A well written, refreshing change...

    The synopsis for The Girl He Used to Know drew me in straight away – Second chance romances are one of my favourites and the description of Annika contains characteristics I immediately identified with. This is a departure from the more light-hearted and comedic style of Tracey Garvis Graves’ Kate and Ian series – the only other works of hers I’ve had the pleasure of reading so far – which is by no means a criticism, but a credit to her versatility as an author. I loved the unique writing style and while it felt stilted at times, I imagine that’s natural because Annika’s view of the world perhaps would feel that way. The story is written from dual POVs, where Annika and Jonathan’s individual characters shine through so well, the identifying chapter headings are merely superfluous. The characters were relatable - they both made mistakes, but their flaws are what helped them come across as authentic. The story developed at a good pace - it wasn’t action packed, but it wasn’t laboured either. I would call it an easy read if not for the attention required to keep the time lapses and side stories straight. Having said that, it was still easy to follow. The plot was engaging and although I’d guess the clues to the events that would happen towards the end portion of the story may have been obvious to some, I didn’t predict them or the reason for the break-up when it was finally revealed. There were some pretty delicate subjects, as well as sensitive past events, which were tackled throughout the story and I was particularly impressed with how sympathetically this was done. Also, the way true historic events were worked into the storyline made it feel all the more authentic to me. When I came to the end of the book it ended so abruptly, I initially thought there were pages missing from my copy. Yet whilst The Girl He Used to Know is gravely lacking an epilogue, it is a well written, refreshing change from the formulaic romance novels the market is oversaturated with. I’ll certainly be reading more from Tracey Garvis Graves in the future. ***ARC generously provided by Orion Publishing Group, via NetGally, in exchange for an honest review*** #TheGirlHeUsedToKnow #NetGalley
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    Decent for 80%, woeful for the last 20%

    This book was fine right until the last fifth of the book (chapter 38 to be precise). The characters were decent enough - likeable and fair natural - as was the premise, and the writing style, right up until then. While I won't say what happens, it's so blatantly obvious what's about to unfold that any goodwill I had towards these characters and story was lost. A whole new plot complication was unleashed that felt like it was using any feelings we had about a real life event for cheap tension and tears. Worst of all, you know how it's going to end, so the emotional impact is almost zero. If you do buy this book, read until chapter 38, then skip to the last chapter. You'll be able to fill in the missing chapters yourself faster (and probably more satisfactorily) than the book.
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    Wonderful. Thank you

    What a great story. If you ever wondered how the brain works for someone with autism this is the story for you. The tv series the good doctor makes a lot more sense now. Well done to the author, just loved it
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    Loved it

    Randomly stumbled across this and absolutely loved it.. last few chapters shocked me as it came out of nowhere. Great read
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