The List of Suspicious Things

The List of Suspicious Things

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Hardback Published on: 15/02/2024
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The List of Suspicious Things
A Triumph!
I was lucky enough to receive a free advanced reading copy of The List of Suspicious Things and was so glad I did! This is a multilayered, bittersweet com... READ MORE
Amanda Donovan, Wells
The List of Suspicious Things
A wonderful, compelling and satisfying read.
This is one of the must-read books of the year; it is clever, engrossing, fascinating and completely satisfying. We join twelve-year-old Miv in her invest... READ MORE
Dave Kedward
The List of Suspicious Things
Phenomenal!
I absolutely loved this book! It's so well written, and the characters so perfectly real that it's hard to believe it's a debut. I was lucky enough to read... READ MORE
Helen at Scarborough
The List of Suspicious Things
Gorgeous, heartwarming and beautiful!
This is a gorgeous, heartwarming and beautifully written story about community, connection and understanding. I finished it in the early hours of the mo... READ MORE
Poppy Flaxman
The List of Suspicious Things
The perfect book!!
Judging by the number of reviews already here, it will come as no surprise to know that I really loved this book. Mix and Sharon were characters to love, ... READ MORE
neenom
The List of Suspicious Things
WOW WOW WOW!
I was fortunate enough to be given a reading copy of this book in exchange for a frank and honest review. Boy was I glad I was! What a debut! Beautifully ... READ MORE
Kim Garrett
The List of Suspicious Things
A phenomenal debut - this book has my heart.
It's 1979, in West Yorkshire. And Miv, our pre-teen firecracker of a protagonist, fears that her family is planning to move down south (shocking, I know). ... READ MORE
Liv Hunter
The List of Suspicious Things
Heartbreaking, heartwarming and an all round brilliant debut!
I flew through this book and had tears in my eyes by the end. Such a well thought out story that was considerate, emotional and thought provoking. The List... READ MORE
Gemma Robb
The List of Suspicious Things
Coming of age and true crime written with heart
The story follows Miv, as she and her best friend Sharon start to investigate the case of the Yorkshire Ripper, but instead Miv discovers other troubling t... READ MORE
Beth at Chesterfield
The List of Suspicious Things
Emotional, gripping and impactful
This is definitely one of my new favourite books of all time! The Characters, the plot, I loved everything about it. This is definitely not a book ... READ MORE
Jodie Whitfield
The List of Suspicious Things
Not enough superlatives to describe my love for this book.
Set in 1979 against the backdrop of the Yorkshire Ripper on the loose, 12 year old Miv is determined to catch him and uses her friend Sharon to help her pl... READ MORE
Nicola Vanderwert
The List of Suspicious Things
An amazing debut!
I feel so lucky to have read an advanced copy of this wonderful book. It is an amazing debut, poignant, moving, original, with tough themes and written wit... READ MORE
Emma at Waterstones Blackburn
The List of Suspicious Things
An incredibly special book.
THIS BOOK! I’m just going to call it right now that this will be a five star read for almost everyone who reads it, and will be making regular appearances ... READ MORE
Tilly Fitzgerald
The List of Suspicious Things
An emotional and beautiful book!
What a wonderful book this was. I had no idea what to expect going in but it was so beautifully written that I fell in love with Miv and the people around ... READ MORE
SJ Beningfield
The List of Suspicious Things
A novel that is truly about humanity.
This book has so many different facets and layers to it that trying to write it all down is a mammoth task. But I want to start with Miv. Miv is an amazing... READ MORE
India - Exeter Roman Gate
The List of Suspicious Things
Loved it
Wow. I loved this book so much. Set in the 1970’s in Yorkshire, the Ripper murders provide the background for an utterly engrossing story about a young gi... READ MORE
Donna - Hemel Hempstead
The List of Suspicious Things
A Wonderfully Nostalgic Trip Down Memory Lane, About Community & The People Hiding In Plain Sight
I was not expecting a book about the Yorkshire Ripper to be one of my favourite reads in 2024 but what a lovely surprise The List of Suspicious Things turn... READ MORE
Nicole @hemelwstones
The List of Suspicious Things
Perfection.
This book was the most wonderful surprise. I loved every moment of it. It’s so wonderfully written you feel like you know these characters. The mixture of ... READ MORE
Abbey Rowlinson
The List of Suspicious Things
Phenomenal debut
I couldn't control myself. I ripped through the pages of the book. I loved reading this brilliant debut novel that follows 2 girls in 1979 as they investig... READ MORE
Colin Field
The List of Suspicious Things
Adored it!!
What a wonderful debut and from a Waterstones bookseller no less! This is one of those books you anticipate to be about one thing and it ends up being abou... READ MORE
Becca Child
The List of Suspicious Things
Brilliance in a Book
A confidently written story that you won’t be able to stop thinking about. Not only do the characters exuberate from the page but the context is so deeply ... READ MORE
Josh (Waterstones Chichester)
The List of Suspicious Things
Rich, compelling and un-putdownable.
Simply put; this is my favourite read of the year so far. A Thriller that perfectly blends the gap between ‘Crime’ and ‘Literary Fiction’. Compelling, dive... READ MORE
James at Chiswick
The List of Suspicious Things
A book that will find its way into your heart
I'm joining the legion of Suspicious Things fans - I adored this book. It's a book brimming with heart and warmth. We see the world through 12 year old Miv... READ MORE
Emma Smith at Bedford
The List of Suspicious Things
Worthy of the hype
A truly phenomenal work of fiction, and a debut novel no less. 1970s Yorkshire. The time of the Yorkshire Ripper. When Miv’s family suggests they move a... READ MORE
Louise M
The List of Suspicious Things
Just loved it.
Uses the Yorkshire Ripper Murders as a backdrop but not in a macabre way. A Young girl Miv and her friend decide to make a list of all the people in her to... READ MORE
Neil Challis @Windsor
The List of Suspicious Things
A wonderful coming of age story
This book really surprised me by how moving it was. I really enjoyed it and was actually missing it when I had to put it down.
Abbey Rowlinson

Synopsis

Yorkshire, 1979. Maggie Thatcher is prime minister, drainpipe jeans are in, and Miv is convinced that her dad wants to move their family down South. Because of the murders. Leaving Yorkshire and her best friend Sharon simply isn't an option, no matter the dangers lurking round their way; or the strangeness at home that started the day Miv's mum stopped talking. Perhaps if she could solve the case of the disappearing women, they could stay after all? So, Miv and Sharon decide to make a list: a list of all the suspicious people and things down their street. People they know. People they don't. But their search for the truth reveals more secrets in their neighbourhood, within their families - and between each other - than they ever thought possible. What if the real mystery Miv needs to solve is the one that lies much closer to home?

  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • ISBN: 9781529153293
  • Number of pages: 464
  • Weight: 567g
  • Dimensions: 223 x 145 x 39 mm

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The List of Suspicious Things
Powerfully understated - I loved it
This is a book about Miv and some people she knows or gets to know. At nearly 12 she is growing up in Yorkshire at the time that the Ripper is murdering g... READ MORE
Nigel
The List of Suspicious Things
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⭐️ 4 ⭐️ Eyup, that wer a reyt good book, it wo!   The List of Suspicious Things is a brilliant read and a beautifully written, stellar debut from Jennie G... READ MORE
Dee
The List of Suspicious Things
Wow! What a brilliantly debut novel.
Wow! I absolutely loved this book. I can’t believe it’s a debut. It’s just brilliant. It’s funny, sad, poignant and uplifting. I’m looking forward to futur... READ MORE
Claire  Turkington
The List of Suspicious Things
Absolutely amazing
‘The List of Suspicious Things’ by Jennie Godfrey is an absolutely sensational debut novel and it the best book I have read this year at least! This nove... READ MORE
Melanie Greaves
The List of Suspicious Things
Compelling, heartwarming story set in Yorkshire
The novel is set in Yorkshire in the late 1970s, when Margaret Thatcher was in power and the Yorkshire Ripper was a danger to women. When Miv’s father and... READ MORE
Frances Heaton
The List of Suspicious Things
Such a wonderful debut
I have just finished The List of Suspicious Things, Jennie Godfrey’s powerful debut. I am feeling so many emotions right now. The List of Suspicious Th... READ MORE
Jennifer James
The List of Suspicious Things
Incredible Debut
5* The List of Suspicious Things is a very special book. On the one had warm, enveloping and funny and on the other tackling dark subjects at a very diffi... READ MORE
Nic Johnston
The List of Suspicious Things
A Stunning Book
5* The List of Suspicious Things is a very special book. On the one had warm, enveloping and funny and on the other tackling dark subjects at a very diffi... READ MORE
Nic Johnston
The List of Suspicious Things
A heartwarming and moving read!
It’s 1979 and in the UK Margaret Thatcher has just become Prime Minister, (forever remembered by many as ‘The Milk Snatcher)’. More worryingly however, in ... READ MORE
Maureen Ellis
The List of Suspicious Things
Emotive story
This was an interesting story, fictional characters based around actual occurences. Some good characters and an fascinating storyline, identifying suprisin... READ MORE
Patricia Moren
The List of Suspicious Things
Brilliant Debut
The title drew me to this book and I was excited to start it. Initially I wondered whether I was going to enjoy it as when I realised it was about young te... READ MORE
AtomicBiker
The List of Suspicious Things
A book I will remember
A book I will remember. Based in Yorkshire in the 1970’s until 1980, during a time of the Margaret Thatcher government, this book is based around the Yo... READ MORE
Always Happiest Reading
The List of Suspicious Things
Fab Read
Thank you NetGalley and Hutchinson Heinemann for my opportunity to read and review this book. The story begins in 1979 and is told over several years. T... READ MORE
Sarah Dougan-Blackburn
The List of Suspicious Things
Fantastic!
It's 1979, Margaret Thatcher (milk snatcher!) has jus become the first woman prime minister and Yorkshire is in the grip of fear as the Yorkshire Ripper ki... READ MORE
Maggie Macdonald
The List of Suspicious Things
A List of Suspicious Things
A good book centred around the era of the Yorkshire Ripper. Miv lives with her mom and dad and her Auntie Jean who moved in as her mom was suffering with ... READ MORE
Monica Hanna
The List of Suspicious Things
Too sad for my liking
Initially I really enjoyed this story, it’s the tale of a daring Yorkshire teenager, Miv, who thinks if she investigates everything suspicious around her, ... READ MORE
Lucy Williams
The List of Suspicious Things
Fantastic
Oh my goodness such a fantastic read. I wasn’t 100% sold on it at the beginning but as I got into it I appreciated how beautifully it was written. I think ... READ MORE
Helen Williams
The List of Suspicious Things
Powerful, emotional story
There is sometimes you come across a book that is a powerful, emotional story that stays with you for some time and this book is one of them. This will be ... READ MORE
Michelle De Alwis
The List of Suspicious Things
Outstanding debut!
Having recently watched the excellent Long Shadow series about the hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper, it seemed good timing to pick up this book centred around... READ MORE
Jill M
The List of Suspicious Things
A Beautiful Peek Into A Frightening Time
I was very drawn by the synopsis of this book. Set in Yorkshire in 1979, the year Margaret Thatcher became Britain's first female Prime Minister and at a t... READ MORE
Abigail Franklyn
The List of Suspicious Things
A brilliant nostalgic and immersive ride - Don’t miss out on reading this!
When Miv befriends Sharon the big story in the headlines is about the Yorkshire ripper. Miv decides that they should try and find out what the police can't... READ MORE
Brad Mace
The List of Suspicious Things
A beautiful, nostalgic coming of age book
A beautiful, nostalgic coming of age book, following Miv and her friend Sharon as they decide to track down the Yorkshire Ripper. They start to become awa... READ MORE
Jo Bowman
The List of Suspicious Things
Already THE book of 2024!!
When you start seeing a book cover everywhere, you keep seeing reviews everywhere and you just keep hearing about a book EVERYWHERE then you know you’re go... READ MORE
Shona Holmes-Berry
The List of Suspicious Things
Best book I’ve read in years!!!
A truly unique book one of which I wished would never end! A testament to the power of storytelling and the written word. It was a suspenseful, emotional,... READ MORE
Donna Joleys
The List of Suspicious Things
Engaging & nostalgic
Although there is a lot of darkness in this story, I found there was enough humour as well, to lift me through. I lived in Yorkshire in the 1980's, so muc... READ MORE
Ruth NG
The List of Suspicious Things
Incredible debut, full of 7’0s and 80’s nostalgia
Wow, this was such an incredible debut. I was initially attracted the the premise of the 70’s era, and Yorkshire location of Bradford/leeds where I too gre... READ MORE
Debbie Bowers
The List of Suspicious Things
I loved every line!
This is a wonderful book and I loved every line of it. The depiction of childhood love, friendship and growing up was beautifully and cleverly done by givi... READ MORE
Susan S
The List of Suspicious Things
A different perspective on a well known criminal
Member Review Cover Image: The List of Suspicious Things The List of Suspicious Things by Jennie Godfrey Pub Date: 15 Feb 2024 Review by Anne F, Revi... READ MORE
AnneJar55
The List of Suspicious Things
One of my favourite reads of the year!
“I don’t know if any of the people we know are suspicious or whether they’re just trying to live their lives.” It’s Yorkshire in the 80s and the area is... READ MORE
Claudia Cardoso
The List of Suspicious Things
Wonderful
I loved this book, such a wonderfully gentle look at the 80s through the eyes of people living through the rise of the National Front and the terrible fear... READ MORE
Lynne Clark
The List of Suspicious Things
Excellent read
Absolutely loved this book. Set in 1970s Yorkshire during the hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper, Miv starts her List of Suspicious Things and ropes her frie... READ MORE
Georgina
The List of Suspicious Things
A remarkable debut
My first 5 star read for a very long time. I enjoyed every minute of being immersed in this brilliantly evocative story, woven through the background of th... READ MORE
MoMorris
The List of Suspicious Things
Superb
In 1970s Yorkshire, when the actions of the Ripper brought fear into the lives of women, the police urged civilians to take a look at their neighbours and ... READ MORE
Vanessa Rivington
The List of Suspicious Things
So evocative - a wonderful book
I'd heard so much about this book that I started to follow the author, Jennie Godfrey, online. I was so happy to receive a copy of this book and it didn't ... READ MORE
dawnwitneywriter
The List of Suspicious Things
An incredible debut novel with a truly good heart at its center
4.50* rounded up. In a word, wow! What a debut novel this is! This coming of age story (set during the time of the Yorkshire Ripper and in and around wh... READ MORE
Lydia Cl
The List of Suspicious Things
Stunning prose - story-writing at its finest
Well... the reviews are correct. This is an excellent read, and written by a writer who works, I believe, in my home county of Somerset, UK. A fantastic, e... READ MORE
Matthew Tett
The List of Suspicious Things
A brilliant book!
It’s 1979 and the Yorkshire Ripper is on the loose. Miv, a young girl with many problems of her own, decides that she and her friend Sharon will be the one... READ MORE
SARAH CARBY
The List of Suspicious Things
Brilliant - A really fresh take on teenage life and a ‘historical’ period
Really enjoyed this tale of Miv, her best friend Sharon and their life in an unnamed Yorkshire town at the time of the Yorkshire Ripper. As a student w... READ MORE
MetLineReader
The List of Suspicious Things
A heartwarming coming of age story with a dark side
What a delightful book. A coming of age story starting in 1979; Margaret Thatcher is the first female prime minister of the UK and in Yorkshire the Yorkshi... READ MORE
Lynda Checkley
The List of Suspicious Things
Wonderful!
The List of Suspicious Things is a wonderful, moving and stunningly written novel, set in Yorkshire in 1980 in the months leading up to the arrest of the Y... READ MORE
Fiona Brichaut Mc Namara
The List of Suspicious Things
Childhood innocence?
This was a fantastic read, set at the end of the 1970’s during the unsettled time of the Yorkshire Ripper, told primarily from the view point of 12 year ol... READ MORE
Sarah Goldthorpe
The List of Suspicious Things
Amazing Read
t’s 1979 the world for women in Yorkshire changed as the monster known as ‘The Yorkshire Ripper’ was making a name for himself by viciously killing young ... READ MORE
Mandy Brandon
The List of Suspicious Things
Phenomenally heart wrenching
What a phenomenal piece of work. I loved Miv, Sharon, Ish, Austin, Aunty Jean and Mic’s mum. Whilst this book is set around the toe of the Yorkshire Rippe... READ MORE
Laura Jayne Breed
The List of Suspicious Things
Stunning debut
It’s difficult to believe this is a debut novel. Jennie Godfrey’s writing is assured and she has a real eye for detail. It’s set in 1979; the era of Thatch... READ MORE
Anita Wallas
The List of Suspicious Things
Outstanding
It’s 1979 and the Yorkshire Ripper is still at large. Miv, a child living in the local community, decides to investigate herself and with the help from bes... READ MORE
Hannah  Boucherat
The List of Suspicious Things
Marvellous and heartwarming
This is a really lovely coming of age story about 11-year-old Miv, which is skilfully told. Her home life is not the best, with a mother who seems to have ... READ MORE
Farah Ghuznavi
The List of Suspicious Things
A brilliant debut
The book is set in Yorkshire, in the dark times of the Yorkshire Ripper. Two friends, Miv and Sharon, set out on a quest to catch the ripper. Miv hopes th... READ MORE
Stefania Crivellaro
The List of Suspicious Things
A powerful coming-of-age tale
We meet 11-yr-old Miv in Yorkshire, 1979, where times are changing and the threat of the Yorkshire Ripper hangs constantly in the air. Things are already d... READ MORE
Sarah
The List of Suspicious Things
Brilliant debut
This may be called a list of suspicious things but it’s a story of friendship and community. Set in Yorkshire at the end of the 1970s, two almost teenage g... READ MORE
David McNinch
The List of Suspicious Things
Evocative, sensitive and beautifully written
This is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. The setting is a small, post industrial town in Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Ripper is str... READ MORE
Rachel
The List of Suspicious Things
An engaging, character-driven novel!
The List of Suspicious Things is a brilliantly engaging, character-driven novel set in Yorkshire in the late 1970s, when the Yorkshire Ripper was terrorisi... READ MORE
Laura Nazmdeh
The List of Suspicious Things
Absolutely fantastic
‘There’ll be trouble at t’mill’, there sure will Aunty Jean. It’s 1979 and Aunty Jean is in full flow about Margaret Thatcher being elected Prime Minister,... READ MORE
Celia Short
The List of Suspicious Things
Outstanding debut!
I loved this book; it is an outstanding debut. A simple title but a complex story on so many fronts. Set in Yorkshire at the time of the Yorkshire Ripper, ... READ MORE
Mavis Tiller
The List of Suspicious Things
An amazing debut!
The list of Suspicious Things is a captivating read set against the backdrop of the Ripper murders in Yorkshire. Miv narrates the story, and through her a... READ MORE
Sarah -Bookworm Extraordinaire
The List of Suspicious Things
Poignant and simply lovely
The List of Suspicious Things, Jennie Godfrey I found this book quite an emotional read. Whether it is because I can relate to the era that it was set ... READ MORE
Deborah Dare
The List of Suspicious Things
The List of Suspicious Things by Jenny Godfrey
The List of Suspicious Things by Jenny Godfrey is a story of a community in Yorkshire, at the time of the Yorkshire Ripper murders and the era of Margaret ... READ MORE
Christine Rennie
The List of Suspicious Things
Delightful debut well worth 5*'s
Thank you to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for an advance copy of this delightful debut novel. This coming of age story is set in Yorkshire in 19... READ MORE
Frances
The List of Suspicious Things
Reminding us of the awkwardness of navigating teenage emotions.
Set in 1970s Yorkshire when the Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe, was ensuring that all women felt vulnerable when out and about, this novel is a coming-o... READ MORE
Sarah D
The List of Suspicious Things
a brilliant debut and more from Jennie Godfrey is eagerly anticipated.
The List Of Suspicious Things is the first book by British author, Jennie Godfrey. It’s about two years since Mavis Senior’s mum, Marion stopped talking, n... READ MORE
Marianne Vincent
The List of Suspicious Things
Excellent read
Is this really a debut novel? Excellent read, I remember the era well with the strikes hardships etc. that the 70's bought to everyday people. This nov... READ MORE
Julie Watt
The List of Suspicious Things
'The List Of Suspicious Things' by Jennifer Godfrey - Call Off The Search, A New Bestseller Has Arrived!
'The List of Suspicious Things' by Jennie Godfrey is a book which struck so many chords with my teenage memories of South Yorkshire in the late Seventies, ... READ MORE
Simon Avis
The List of Suspicious Things
Captures the era in Yorkshire in the late 70s and early 80s superbly
I find this a hard one to review as I wasn’t keen on the central premise which is that Miv, a young 12 year old girl, has decided she is going to catch the... READ MORE
Val Robson
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