Book Review: The Girl Who Just Appeared

The girl who just appeared by Jonathan Harvey review
London 2014. Holly Smith has never fitted in. Adopted when just a few months old, she's always felt she was someone with no history, the girl who just appeared. All she has is the address of where she was born - 32B Gambier Terrace, Liverpool. By a bizarre twist of fate Holly discovers that the flat is available to rent. She travels north and moves in. When she finds a biscuit tin full of yellowing papers under the floorboards, she wonders if this might hold the secret to her past.

Liverpool 1981. Fifteen-year-old Darren negotiates life with his errant mother and the younger brother he is bringing up. When the Toxteth Riots explode around him Darren finds himself with a moral dilemma that will have consequences for the rest of his life.

Flitting between the present and the past, we discover how Darren and Holly's lives become intertwined. Will Holly uncover the secrets of her past? Or will she always feel like the girl who just appeared?

I'll be honest, the blurb for this book didn't particularly draw me in but I'm so glad I decided to give it a go anyway. First off I love that the book is set in Liverpool as regular readers of this blog will know I just adore the place and secondly I just loved all the characters, there's such a great mix of interesting people. 

The thing I loved most of all about this book was discovering how Holly and Darren's lives were connected. Trying to guess what was going to happen made it very difficult for me to put this book down. 

Whilst it is all a little far fetched, I very much enjoyed the jaunt along with this book and loved that I was constantly kept guessing. It's not really like any other book I've read which also wins it more points. In all I think this would be a good book for the summer months and it's fairly quick and easy to get through but very enjoyable. 

Rating: ★★

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