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The Book Club: An absolutely gripping psychological thriller with a killer twist

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The lurb for this nook was intriguing. Tom, Rebecca, Maggie and Lucy are all neighbours and friends. When they invited Alice into their group, they didn't expect to feel uncomfortable around her . Alice is not a likeable character. I fact she's a bit creepy. There is some clever twists but the pace is quite slow. Lucynis the main charactrr in the story. She had not long lived in the village herself before Alice moved there. This is quite and enjoyble read. I raced through it - edgy, tense and wry with great foreshadowing. No one has ever asked me to join a book club - now I think it's for the best! -- Harriet Tyce We learn that Lucy had an affair with her boss in London and soon other people’s secrets are being hinted at.

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She then meets a new neighbour and instantly dislikes her. She can’t pin point why, but she takes an immediate dislike to Alice.There were some times at the beginning of the story where I found it difficult to figure out who’s storyline we were reading but after a while I got to know the characters and the way the chapters were written around them.

The Book Club by C.J. Cooper | Goodreads The Book Club by C.J. Cooper | Goodreads

Thank you to Beth @ Constable/Little Brown Book Group for my gifted ebook via NetGalley. All opinions are honest and my own. Another thing - why Liz? Liz had sort of recognised her, but the way she said it was that she had a vendetta against Liz. It then turns out she doesn't. So why Liz?Alice slides her way into Lucy’s friendship group and soon suggests a weekly book club for the group. Zero character development (I didn’t even know what colour Lucy’s hair was until the end) it makes it really difficult to paint a picture of a character with zero description of their appearance from early on especially when there is five main characters. C. J. Cooper grew up in a small village in south Wales before moving to London as a student. She graduated with a degree in Ancient History and Egyptology and spent seven months as a development worker in Nepal. On her return to Britain she joined the civil service, where she worked for 17 years on topics ranging from housing support to flooding. She hung up her bowler hat when she discovered that she much preferred writing about psychotic killers to ministerial speeches. She lives in London with her husband and two cats.

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With a very intriguing opening chapter we meet Lucy. She has left London, after having an affair with her boss, and lost her job. We then meet Maggie, Rebecca and Tom her neighbours in the village she has moved to. After a few months she appears to have settled in nicely and they regularly meet up, although sometimes not including her. However it seems the village will have a new addition when the rumour mill suggests the postman is now delivering to empty number 1.Ever been part of a book club? Or wondered what your seemingly respectable neighbours are really up to behind closed doors? Then C. J. Cooper’s The Book Club is the perfect suspense novel for you . . .

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