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    Please bear with me on my first book review!!

    This book is based on a love story (or two!) told through letters alone.

    The first part is letters sent between a poet and a fan, that blossoms into love, through the period of the first world war. Then you see letters between a mother and daughter throughout World War II.

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    Dan Brown has that wonderful knack of a novelist of antagonising both sides of an argument! His books are always controversial, not so much because of what he writes but because he is dealing with issues that certain establishment bodies feel is their own purview; it is not for Brown to mess with the Masses minds – that is their job! His books polarise opinion and he is liked and hated in almost equal measure, which in my opinion is no bad thing for a novelist. Some say his books are puerile, lacking depth and poor characterisation yet still have a huge following, so he can’t be doing all that badly! He has the knack of getting under the skin of peoples’ beliefs and therefore generates acres of column inches which is pure gold to him in advertising.

    Anyway, as I seem to be getting close to antagonising with my own interpretation, I will get on with what the book is about!

    The ‘Inferno’ referred to is that described by Dante in his epic poem “Devine Comedy” about the decent into Hell. Yet in itself this is a bit of a sideline to the actual story which begins with Brown’s usual hero Dr Langdon waking in hospital with no recollection of what happened and where he is. The medical staff talking over him are speaking Italian, which as his last recollection was being in America seems a tad strange. As he is waking and asking questions an attempt is made on his life by a gunman forcing their way into the room, killing the doctor and trying to kill Langdon.

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    The first in a trilogy the Abomination introduces readers to the dark underworld of Venice. What seems to start as a police investigate draws in a Military Intelligence Officer, a retired CIA spook and a recluse software designer facing imprisonment over privacy laws.

    As the story unfolds the connections between the players become more apparent as do the risks in investigating the case. What appears to start as an unusual murder becomes something a lot more sinister (which I won’t tell you or it will ruin the suspense).

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    Emily is a strange girl. She spends her free time walking around the woods alone. Except one day, She is not alone. One day she finds a body. But Emily is not a normal girl she isn't scared, she doesn't tell anyone. She keeps this discovery to herself and visits more and more to learn about the body like a Science project.

    The more Emily learns the more we do. We learn about the sister who’s sister has gone missing and how it forces her to confront her other relationships. We learn about the disenchanted factory worker who realises his life has failed to accomplish anything.

    I found this book to be a story of failed dreams and missed chances but it is so well written that you are so greedy to discover more that the true nature of the book isn't apparent until after you have finished.

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    Two girls growing up together, playing together all hours of the day, it could be a childhood story of many but this isn’t the usual childhood tale, one of the girls, Sarah is the others, Clarrisa’s Slave.

    As the two girls grow into young ladies their different lots in life become ever more apparent. Sarah longs for the freedoms that her circumstances deny her, but all hopes of any chance at freedom and dashed when Clarrisa marries and her new husband is presented Sarah as one of the many wedding gifts.

    But Sarah cannot give up her dreams of freedom and starts on a path to make those dreams a reality.
    I couldn’t put this book down, it is extremely well written and I was constantly surprised by the twists and turns as the story takes you through the life story of two young girls.

    The book is told in two parts, one from Sarah’s perspective and the other from Clarrisa’s Mother. The two different stories compliment each other perfectly and allows you to associate with both sides of the slavery divide without demonising the slave owners or victimising the slaves.

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