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  • Pleasing & Enjoyable

    "Needlemouse" was a highly entertaining and emotionally intense read that I loved more and more the further I got into the story. At first, I found the main character, Sylvia Penton, prickly, dislikable and pitiable, as I was meant to. Through her admirable characterisation, Jane O'Connor compassionately revealed that underneath the facade, the inner Sylvia was lonely and the traumas she had suffered in her life had created the woman she had become. She had to learn to engage with others and before I knew it, I found myself beginning to appreciate and understand Sylvia. I was so pleased and surprised by how much I enjoyed "Needlemouse" and I highly recommend this brilliant début. I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my own request, from Random House Ebury via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • Surprisingly uplifting

    My initial reaction to this was how much Sylvia (the main character and the person from who’s perspective the story is told) reminded me of Eleanor Oliphant with her way of viewing others as an annoyance rather than appreciating others find her to be the strange one. Prickly is definately an apt description and she’s not written to be liked. Her peculiar obsession with her boss and her delusions about him leave you pitying her and the contrasting warmth of Millie, her sister, only highlight her brittleness. I was unsure of how much I was enjoying this until Sylvia’s life started to unravel and from then on I was engrossed, the reasons behind her personality come to life and both the reader’s and Sylvia’s understanding of her alter perceptions. This is a heartwarming story, really well written and in my opinion would be a great book club read. PS I love the explaination of ‘Needle Mouse’

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