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  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    This book was both desperately sad and wholly uplifting. Author Nigel Cooper writes about life and love in all its stark reality, dealing with death and love, misery and elation. Louise’s boyfriend, Tom, dies without ever having shared with her that he was terminally ill. She soon finds new love and gets married. But is this marriage really right? Or was it simply pre-ordained by Tom? And then, much later, beautiful, charismatic Jarvis appears on the scene in Brighton, tearing through the family and causing utter destruction and chaos. A spellbinding read which I enjoyed. ~ Sue Purbrick, Amazon Customer Review

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    A stunningly written book. First time I've read a book by the author nigel Jay cooper and what a read. Would highly recommend, 5 stars. ~ Parvina Rani Begum, Amazon Customer Review

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    This was not my normal genre. The story is an emotional rollercoaster and left me feeling a bit drained. Of course, that may be because I HAD to finish it rather than get to sleep. The story sucks you in, and captivates you until it spits you out, thoroughly exhausted. There is a little bit of everything: abandonment, betrayal, intrigue and suspense. The characters jump to life and sometimes I just wanted to shake some sense into them. Make sure you have time to finish reading... ~ Kamini M, Amazon Customer Review

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    Louise is devastated when her lover Tom dies unexpectedly. Well it was unexpected for her, he knew he was dying. She finds love marriage and kids with his twin brother Adam and life carries on in quite an unremarkable way until Jarvis arrives in town. Louise finds herself instantly attracted to him, and Adam seems to enjoy having him around as well but Jarvis has a secret and the effects might be quite devastating.

    This is my first book by this author but it won’t be my last. The characters were easy to love and hate and the secret... oh my! ~ Jazz, Amazon Customer Review

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    In Beat The Rain Nigel Jay Cooper gave us an emotional and raw portrait of vulnerable, flawed people who try hard to overcome grief and their insecurities. It's not an easy read but it's so compelling and beautiful and I couldn't put it down. Loved it!

    Louise, unlucky Louise. Abandoned at young age by her mother, bullied at school, lost her dad to cancer at 16, her partner, Tom, dies. Nothing seems to work for her, nothing or no one seems to be able to fix her. And then there's Adam, Tom's twin. Their relationship wild, seemingly forbidden but also strangely liberating. Adam. Adam who's always been 'and Adam', always part of a duo. Always in somebody's shadow. They're so wrong together but they're also really good together. At the beginning it's their grief that connects them, the strange wrongness of being together after Tom - they make it work the best they can, children come along, life happens and they stay together. Their love is not perfect, not fairy tale like, it's the mundane everyday kind of love but it's love nonetheless.
    Then Jarvis arrives in their lives. Charming and handsome, kind and caring. Jarvis who brings Louise and Adam's marriage to the brink. They both break, their lives completely unravel. ~ Maddie, Amazon Customer Review

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    Brilliantly drawn characters even though they are not very likeable. Crystal clear description of emotions and tensions in the story. Felt on edge all the time! ~ Mary Louise, Goodreads Review

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    Wow this book was emotional. From the first page you can feel the sadness and emotion coming off the characters. It’s a roller coaster ride through the story and there are parts of it you won’t see coming. I really enjoyed this, it’s well written and the characters really have depth. Fab read. ~ Georgina Roberts, Amazon Customer Review

  • Steal a Few Cents
    Rupert Smith
    Steal a Few Cents is a well-paced, sophisticated whodunit that can also lay claim to being a literary novel. Its strong sense of place occasionally comes across as downright lyrical. Although this is not first and foremost a character-driven novel, Smith does a marvelous job of fleshing out the principals, by giving them authentic dialogue and also by putting them in confrontations where they show what they’re made of. I was not instantly taken with chief protagonist Stephen, but came over to his side during a lovely scene where he quietly and believably shuts down a bullying bureaucrat. Smith deftly gives his hero adversaries who deserve comeuppance. Justice is particularly sweet as served up by the non-flashy sexagenarian Stephen. ~ Melanie Forde, NetGalley

  • Pavlov's Dog
    David Kurman
    This was a bit of a fun read for me. Well, initially hat's what it started out being. A bit bonkers, a bit strange, a bit funny on the side. But as it went on, it started to take itself a bit more seriously and started being a wee bit philosophical. Definitely a book that can be read on many levels depending on the readers own background and other comparisons they make from their own life experiences. It becomes the story of an unbreakable bond between man and his best friend and the lengths he will go to repair the past.

    Stan is an interesting character to say the very least. A washed up actor who is scraping the bottom of the barrel just to do something in the field. Lowering himself at every turn. At one audition he loses out to, of all people, his own dog. Dog then becomes a star and he loses him too. Stan then follows the obvious downward spiral as Dog's star shines bright. To tell the truth, Stan is a pretty nasty person during these times and I did lose faith with him a bit along the way. But then, Stan is offered the ultimate gig; host of a new game show. A rather interesting (shall we just say) game show where the contestants have to act like animals. See, that's where the bonkers element comes forward!

    The rest of the book is beyond describing, mostly cos it just has to be read in context to everything else but, suffice to say, Stan's true colours shine out once again and you just know how it will all end up. And it does.

    This is definitely going to be a marmite book. I admit that it won't be for everyone. People will give up half way through even but, you know what, tempted as I also was to throw the whole thing it, I did stick with it and I am glad I did. There were some very funny moments.

    My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. ~ Kath Brinck, GoodReads\NetGalley

  • Pavlov's Dog
    David Kurman
    I loved this book!
    It's the story of a Dog that found fame and fortune accidentally, only to blow it all on "chew toys and bitches"!
    It's also about the unbreakable bond between human and dog.
    He becomes down and out and so returns to his owner, Stan Pavlov, as he is in dire need of an lifesaving operation which costs money.
    It's a Man has Dog, Man loses Dog to Fame, Dog returns to Man type of story. Wonderful!
    Highly recommended. ~ Eileen Hall, GoodReads, NetGalley

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    Beat the Rain was an interesting read about a modern day love relationship and the consequences of people's actions. It was emotional, raw and very true to what happens nowadays. At first I really struggled with the plot, I didn't like where it was going and I honestly thought I wouldn't be able to get through it. But then it all clicked into place, Nigel Cooper weaved a fabulous story with some very flawed characters.There were a few little twists to the story that I wasn't expecting... I loved Nigel's braveness to the book, he has produced a moving and true tale that a lot of people would connect with. I didn't particularly like Louise, I felt sorry for Adam at times but I feel this is what Nigel wanted us to feel. The ending surprised me which is always a good thing! I will look out for more books by Nigel in the future. ~ Katie Jones, Amazon Customer Review

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    A very well written book which kept me hooked throughout. Beat the Rain is a compelling story of love, loss, insecurity, passion and unrequited love and although it has quite a complex plot, it's very easy to read. There are many surprises - including the ending - which ensure the reader is kept entertained and wanting more. Highly recommended. ~ Ange Goldsmith, Amazon Customer Review

  • Some Assembly Required
    Michael Strelow
    This book continues my ongoing mission to read outside my usual crime fiction genre of choice. I mention this only to clarify that I am reviewing this book on its own merits rather than as a comparison to its genre peers. I am not sure how much difference this makes but I feel I should mention the fact.
    Right. Where do I start. Our hero in this book is Jake. A rather interesting character to say the least. One that has, from an early age, heard voices. He goes on to explain that they are not the sort to compel him to do bad stuff, just voices. He also learned, from quite an early age, to keep this snippet of information to himself. He is a writer, mostly articles in magazines, mostly covering sciencey things. His attention is brought to one Dr Sewell when he covers an AI convention. Failing to hear much of what Sewell speaks about at the convention, he does a bit of research and his interest is very much piqued by what he subsequently reads. Determined to find out more and indeed meet the man, he tracks him down and finds his target in a rather unusual place in the university. What he discovers there surprises him in the form of "Rex", a bowl of what looks like oatmeal but who has a voice, a voice which mingles with those he already hears. What exactly is Rex? As Jake learns more from Sewell, it appears that "Rex" is evolving quite rapidly, and what happens next defies the logical, defies the credible, but nonetheless becomes swiftly possible, with somewhat devastating consequences for many.
    I am not sure how I would describe this book. I personally found it totally satisfying albeit a bit bonkers. But then I am a big fan of bonkers! One thing I really did love in all that was going on was Jake himself. I see a lot of myself in him. His going off at tangents, the way he makes up whole narratives about stuff based on supposition, filling in gaps with fiction to suit the facts. I loved the humour involved in his musings; very entertaining. I sympathised with him when he lost his girlfriend, caught up in the whole sorry mess of things. I was impressed with his determination and tenacity to get to the crux of things when walking away was the easy option. Sewell on the other hand was caught up in things from a very different direction and he played the out of depth-ness very well as a character. One of my favourite parts of the book were the things that "Rex" became responsible for. Can't help reading between the lines here and seeing the political undertones that may or may not have been meant. There was definitely a lot for me to think about once I had finished the book.
    All in all a well written read that kept my interest solidly throughout. I am fully aware that maybe I have missed some elements of the book not being an aficionado of the genre but for me it ticked most of the boxes I want from a good read and left me satisfied at the end. A job well done by the author.
    My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. ~ Kath Brink , NetGalley

  • Amoeba-Ox Continuum, The
    Trent Portigal
    Trent Portigal delivers a book as strangely beautiful as its title. We have a main character in Natalie who keeps the plot moving, and there are lovely notes of uniqueness throughout.

    The Amoeba-Ox Continuum works as a blend of witty storytelling, reflexive science fiction, and page-traveling mystery/thriller. ~ JD DeHart , NetGalley

  • Pursuit of Ordinary, The
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    Another brilliant book from Nigel Jay Cooper - one you won’t forget- for good reasons. Joe was involved in a car accident whilst walking with his wife, but he sees the scene and is able to walk away. He sees his wife cradling a man who is obviously dead. Little by little he realises he is in another man’s body-Dan. Dan is homeless and has issues. Slowly Joe talks to Dan and gets him to pass a note to Joe’s wife. What transpires is rather unusual to say the least. This is a wonderfully creative story with all the depth of character that Nigel writes with ease. A tale of the unexpected, a tale of hope and despair and life. Of smiles, and tears , ups and downs. Friends, lovers and relations. A brilliant concept,beautifully written and a highly enjoyable read. I voluntarily chose to read this ARC and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. ~ Nicki Murphy (Book Blogger), Goodreads Review

  • Feral Chickens
    C. McGee
    Praise for C. McGee's debut novel, Exteriors and Interiors: 'Ironic, iconoclastic, riveting, and original, Exteriors and Interiors is a compelling read from cover to cover.'
    ~ Midwest Book Review

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    A brilliant and intense read. Unexpected twists and turns which left me breathless at the end. 5 stars. ~ Carol Morrin, Amazon Customer Review

  • Front Page Murder
    Peter Bartram
    Very much a good, old-fashioned detective story! This was my first of this series, and I'm looking forward to recommending this book in the future! ~ A. Beckert, NetGalley

  • Pavlov's Dog
    David Kurman
    A light hearted humorous, witty story about a failing actor who's dog becomes more famous without even trying, really enjoyable read. ~ Elizabeth Romaine, NetGalley

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    "Beat the Rain" is a truly atmospheric, intriguing and emotional book with quite a unique plot, that is beautifully written by debut novel writer Nigel Jay Cooper. Well worth a read, I'd happily recommend it and I'd certainly read more by this author again. ~ Miriam Smith, Amazon Customer Review

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