Books you love: 16 June – 22 June

We have well over 100,000 reviews on Waterstones.com, and we value each and every one of them. So much so, that we have decided to reward the best review we receive each week.

We will feature a small selection of the week’s best customer reviews on this page, and the writer of the best review (as judged by the .com team) will receive a £10 Waterstones gift card. So tell us about the book you love today, and a £10 gift card could be yours. Well, what are you waiting for…?

To submit a review simply click on the Write a review link next to the book of your choice.

The Spring of Kasper Meier

The Spring of
Kaspar Meier

by Ben Fergusson

Four-star review

Reviewed by atticusfinch1048

Review Date: 16th June 2014

Post-war Berlin was a wild and evil place to be after the war if you were German and female. There was so little disregard for life because of what had happened during the war years. This novel, based on life as it was after the war, and the struggle to survive at the hands of the victors, is well researched and shows an understanding of the fears of those that had managed to survive. Ben Fergusson’s prose is wonderful and gives a powerful and atmospheric evocation of post-war Berlin and the devastation comes through strongly. The imagery of Fergusson’s prose brings the City and its survivors to life and you can feel their fear and their daily battles to survive. This is a stunning debut.

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All The Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

All the Birds, Singing

by Evie Wyld

Four-star review

Reviewed by Booksandliliane

Review Date: 17th June 2014

We learn the truth about Jake Whyte in an intricate novel which takes place partly in the UK and partly in Australia. We meet Jake on the day one of her sheep has its throat slit, and in the next chapter we go back in time with her and learn why she ran off to the UK. Jake starts off a recluse, and slowly but surely lets down her guard. Her Australian life makes clear that something terrible has happened in the past. In the UK she might get a chance to start life again. A clever and intriguing book. I wanted to know the truth about Jake and to know whether she would turn out all right. I was satisfied in both…

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Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

Elizabeth is Missing

by Emma Healey

Five-star review

Reviewed by NaggyB

Review Date: 20th June 2014

This is an amazingly subtle and sophisticated debut novel for such a young writer. From page one you are drawn into the life and muddled mind of the elderly Maud who has to contend with the frustrations attendant on a failing memory and nagging sense of loss. She is convinced that her best friend Elizabeth is missing, but has constantly to write notes to herself to remind her of the fact, which neither her devoted and long suffering daughter nor her carer seems able to explain satisfactorily. She sets off on a quest to solve the mystery, and this eventful journey has a variety of consequence, both poignant and hilarious.

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Mr Briggs' Hat: A Sensational Account of Britain's First Railway Murder by Kate Colquhoun

Mr Briggs’ Hat

by Kate Colquhoun

Four-star review

Reviewed by WriteStuff

Review Date: 18th June 2014

This is a real page turner thanks to the author’s detailed research into not just the crime but the era in which it happened. For the first two thirds of the book, the excellently paced story is riveting, mainly because the reader is given fresh understanding of the people and places involved thanks to descriptions of the society and culture in which they lived. The ending is tense, but slightly dissatisfying, but through no fault of the author. After all, real life simply isn’t as neat and tidy as fiction. I would recommend this book for those interested in the evolution of detection or the Victorian era and look forward to reading more by this author.

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The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Football is Wrong by Chris Anderson and David Sally

The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Football is Wrong

by Chris Anderson and David Sally

Four-star review

Reviewed by SuperCandyanne

Review Date: 16th June 2014

I am a follower of the beautiful game only because I have a very sporty husband and two very sporty sons. This book was intriguing. I am not a very numbers person, but the way in which the football game is reduced to statistics and graphs, and the explanations of the whole game, have made me view football totally differently. Fascinating to put the knowledge I have gleaned into practice whilst watching the World Cup (which I am now addicted to!).

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