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Hazel

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  1. Yes, we hope to leave it as an archive and I’ll be sent the files. I’ll be speaking to who hosts the site for us to arrange this soon.
  2. This really sums up exactly how I feel. It’s not the same place as it was in those heady, new days. I am to blame as well as I stopped visiting. I went from being a full time mum to a full time worker again. We lost David. Other things take my time and I certainly don’t read as much as I used to though I am trying to change that this year. I won’t deny the relief when we all decided. None is us want to see the site limp along indefinitely, we owe it to everyone to recognise the truth of the situation and make the right decision,
  3. Please could I just say, kindly, that David would not have liked the site to be named after him. He loved BGO and the name and as much as I agree with the sentiment, it doesn’t sit easy with me.
  4. I know - we are all sad about it, but hoping the Facebook page will,become a home from home.
  5. Clavain, us mods in our discussions did raise the possibility that some of the members may want to take over the running of the site or suggest monthly payments to keep the site ticking over. This is a possibility, but I think feasibly it would take a much bigger membership and a good influx of posts and new members to make that viable. There is just too much competition online and a lot of people prefer the convenience of Facebook groups. We don’t generate revenue to plough into advertising, the Facebook page itself has had only 52 members since it was set up. We would like to see that grow.
  6. Och,, Luna, you’ve made me well up a little. The forum will be here till the summer but we are asking people to make and conscious effort to use the FB site so that it is established about to take over from the forum.
  7. It is a shame Vickie, but we were very lucky to last this long and hopefully the Facebook page will continue to recommend great books to you.
  8. Thank you for all your book buying Luna, it was enough to keep us afloat this long, but unfortunately dwindling members and visits just mean that the site is no longer viable. We appreciate all the the members did using the banners and it helped for this long. Over time as well, amazon reduced the amount we received which didn’t help either. It is very sad, but this wasn’t a quick or easy decision and we hope the FB page will be a new, if different, home.
  9. We appreciate that many people choose not to use Facebook however, there is no ideal platform and this is the best alternative to continue our community. Hopefully someone will be able to meet your request.
  10. In 2004 the internet was still a novelty and people all over the world were finding new ways to meet and share hobbies, passions and loves. Bill set up BookGroupOnline and shortly after many of us that are still here joined. We have had births, deaths and marriages. Personally, for me, a newish mum, it was my companion during those lonely days at home when the boys were sleeping. I made friends, none greater then David, our late admin who took over when Bill relinquished the site to the members. We all remember David who embodied everything BGO was and is. It was never quite the same for me af
  11. It’s a nice room. Somewhere I can escape too. The irony is, I have never read Pratchett, maybe need to rectify that.
  12. I recently changed one of my bedrooms into a proper library, lined the walls with bookshelves, bought a reading chair and side table, proper reading light, painted the walls dark green and I placed David’s bust of Terry Pratchett on the side table. It seemed fitting and a nice place to remember my friend.
  13. Sean Jackson is celebrating his fiftieth birthday with his friends, family, drugs and alcohol. His first wife has dumped his teenage twin daughters, Mills and India, on him for the weekend and his second wife won’t babysit his new toddler twin daughters, Coco and Ruby for him so that he can have a hedonistic weekend with his hedonistic best friends. Quite frankly, a collection of truly horrid people. Then little Coco goes missing. Fast forward a number of years and Sean, on his fourth wife, has suffered a massive heart attack. His friends and remaining family members gather for hi
  14. Set in a school in Wiltshire, Chalk takes its title from the giant chalk drawing of a horse carved into a hillside, an artwork that inspires power in our protagonist Andrew Waggoner. In the same vein as books such as I Am King of the Castle by Susan Hill, The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks or even Lord of the Flies by William Golding, childhood bullying becomes very violent causing Andrew Waggoner to split into two people, himself and Waggoner - a warrior who tells Andrew what to do, givens him strength and promises to take over Andrew to get what he needs. The violent bullying incident that caus
  15. This a a crime debut and promises good things from its author, Lara Dearman. Journalist Jennifer returns to her childhood home of Guernsey after violent incident related to a disturbing story she was working on. Struggling to recover, Jennifer is drawn into the murder of a girl found on the beach after Jennifer returns to her habit of swimming in the sea no matter the weather. Working with the laconic DCI Michael Gilbert, she works to uncover a murderer living on the island. This is a solid crime novel, cold and salt-soaked which promises a great start for Dearman.
  16. Another of those 'characters go to isolated, happens to be haunted, house' tales. Why are we so fascinated by them? Because a house should be a safe home? Because we like to believe that our loved ones never leave? Because home is what we all recognise and should be reassured by so upsetting that is the scariest thing we can imagine? This one is different. This isn't family members the character's have never met. This isn't children versus elderly relatives. This isn't a groaning ancient manor house...well it is, but not in a Turn of the Screw kind of way. Jack and Ali need fresh s
  17. Apparently this slim novella was famously given to Bill Clinton by Monica Lewinsky. I can see why. The whole novel is a conversation between a man and a woman over the phone, over one night. It is one of those sex chat lines so popular in the early 90s. A version of Tinder I guess. They discuss their many sexual escapades with other partners, dress for each other, pleasure each other and discuss the nature of sex and love and modern relationships. The book places the reader in a sort of voyeuristic relationship, a menage a trois with these two callers. It is in turns interesting, u
  18. Rowling's crime series about Cormoran Strike and Robin is a oddity to me. Not particularly graphic, set in world's that I find quite dry and populist, they don't immediately scream my kind of reading. However, the writing and the plotting is excellent and the relationship between Cormoran and Robin is completely gripping. Cormoran's morose, laconic dialogue is at times amusing - he is a great character. The books are a solid staple - you know you are going to get a good read.
  19. As a huge crime fan, serial killer...I hate to use the word fan...and fan of the macabre in general, I picked up this book interested in reading about the day to day life of those people who clean up after real life crimes, but this book is so much more than that, in fact it was very, very little about that. Sarah Krasnostein meets Sandra Pankhurst, a business owner who cleans up crime scenes and hoarders' houses. She does this with love and without judgment. She has the gift of the gab, immediately empathetic, sympathetic and reassuring dealing with those who have mental health issues or impa
  20. Darling White is a black, single mother struggling to raise her disabled son and London during the aftermath of the Brexit vote. Amidst turmoil and unrest, she finds love with Thomas. A chance meeting leads to love leads to a very quick marriage. Darling and her son Stevie move in with Thomas and his teenage daughter Lola. Typically, daughter and step-mother clash, only Lola has a helping hand in taunting and threatening Darling. Lola becomes enmeshed in a growing group of right wingers via her latest crush at school. But it might not be them that brings Darling down, it may be her own past th
  21. I picked this up because I had seen so many plaudits for Aickman for being a "magician" with horror and thriller storytelling. Kim Newman on the back of my copy notes "...the best, the subtlest and creepiest author of ghost stories". I didn't finish it - not because it was too scary or creepy but because Aickman's writing is clearly of its time and I suspect he was a very...old-fashioned...gent. I think that's a polite way of saying misogynist.
  22. I seem to chime with everyone else here. I had read Bauer's Rubbernecker and Blacklands previously and see that I gave both three stars which isn't usually enough to keep with an author, but I was surprised to see this nominated for the Booker and thought that Bauer had hit her stride, this being a genre-defying crime novel. Disappointingly it wasn't. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy it because I absolutely did. I found Jack's life post Mum going missing was very interesting, how the family had fallen apart, how he did what he could to keep the family going and more importantly together.
  23. Tara and Kyle are sent to live with the grandparents they have never met after their mother is hospitalized following a car crash. The grandparents live in an isolated farm house living a charmed solitary life where they garden and bake. Despite the trauma of having to leave their mother alone in hospital, the children are happy to be so adored and waited on hand and feet by their loving grandparents. It is never spoken of, why their mother forbade contact. But the grandparents are so forgiving and bear no malice. Until Tara hears bumps in the night and a strange man walks past her
  24. This is an excellent YA novel which as an adult, I enjoyed just as much as any adult crime novel. A modern, deathly take on one of my favourite films The Breakfast Club - five students serve detention, each of them very different and during detention one of them dies. Right in front of everyone else, including the supervisory teacher. The boy who is killed wrote a gossip blog about the goings on in the school which makes him pretty much enemy number one. In alternating chapters each of the four remaining students go through the aftermath of the murder. Suspicion, investigations - b
  25. John Cleaver is a teenage boy with a lot of macabre thoughts. He and his mother live above a morticians - his mum is the mortician and he often gets to help her with the cadavers. But John also knows he is a serial killer. He just hasn't actually killed anyone yet. He is obsessed with serial killers and is happy, excited even to talk about them and store facts and figures. But now something in his hometown is killing people- ripping them to shreds and John gets drawn in as he obsessively hunts the hunter. I really enjoyed this books, the narrative kept me guessing how much John wa
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