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Saturday, 8 September 2012

One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern

One Hundred Names
The new novel from the bestselling author. Journalist Kitty Logan's career is being destroyed by scandal - and now she faces losing the woman who guided and taught her everything she knew. At her terminally ill friend's bedside, Kitty asks - what is the one story she always wanted to write? The answer lies in a file buried in Constance's office: a list of one hundred names. There is no synopsis, nothing to explain what the story is or who these people are. The list is simply a mystery. But before Kitty can talk to her friend, it is too late. With everything to prove, Kitty is assigned the most important task of her life: to write the story her mentor never had the opportunity to. Kitty not only has to track down and meet the people on the list, but find out what connects them. And, in the process of hearing ordinary people's stories, she starts to understand her own.

There are some authors whose new releases I look forward to and Cecelia Ahern is one of those authors. I found Ahern when she was included in the Richard and Judy book club with P.S. I Love You and have read all her books since. I have found that some books I have wanted to read again and again, however there have also been a few I was not so sure about, however this is definitely one that I loved!

This book starts with Kitty Logan who is involved in a court case, following a report she was responsible for where she incorrectly accused someone of a crime which destroyed his career, as well as Kitty's.  However, Kitty was lucky in that she had another job to fall back on, Etcetera, a magazine which her good friend, Constance, has built up. However Constance is terminally ill and after she looses her fight for life, Kitty is left with a list of one hundred names, no other details and no ideas of the connection between them. Kitty is given the task of writing this, Constance's last idea for an article, and she faces a race against time to meet the deadline for the issue commemorating her life.

I really enjoyed this book, it is one which I wanted to keep picking up and reading a little more. I found myself going through the range of emotions, when Kitty felt lost following the court case, the sadness when Constance died, the confusion when she opened the list and then the wanting to finding out about each name on that list.

Ahern never gave any clues as to the links between these people, and as Kitty met each person, I found myself thinking that it was just random people and Kitty would not be able to write the article- I am not going to add any more as I don't want to include any spoilers, however what I will say is that the resulting story is a great read.

I really do believe that this book is up there with P.S, I love you as one of Ahern's best books and I think any of her fans will also love this book as much as me.  Ahern has bought her great writing style and there are parts which are comedic and others which are heartfelt and heartwarming.

I really do recommend this book as a great read and one which you could easily curl up with one autumnal evening and get lost in.

I received this book through the Amazon Vine Programme.

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