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Roland Vernon
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26 April 2012

The unexpected suicide of an apparently happy family man; a woman held captive for three years in a forgotten underground bunker; a middle aged clergyman at a crisis point in his life, drawn into an uncomfortable relationship with a teenaged girl. Against the backcloth of these interwoven tales comes the story of two very different men who meet accidentally and are dramatically thrown together.

Piet Steyn and Granville St Clair happen both to be out walking at dawn on a country lane when they unintentionally become joint witnesses of a domestic tragedy. There is one aspect of what they see that morning which they feel compelled to keep secret - a decision that will later have appalling repercussions for them both. As the layers of their private lives begin to peel away, they find themselves unwillingly bound together in a conspiracy with deadly consequences.

The Good Wife's Castle is a tense thriller that explores a clash of human evil and goodness, of despair, murderous obsession and twisted spirituality, all of which co-exist beneath the veneer of seemingly respectable people in a quiet rural community.

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan (26 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552775533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552775533
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 642,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Contemporary, sinister obsession, dark psychological stuff which I am thoroughly enjoying... he is a talent well worth watching" (Sarah Broadhurst BOOKSELLER)

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Against the backdrop of a sedate, respectable rural community, a dark and disturbing tale of obsession and twisted spirituality unfurls...

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and suspenseful 4 July 2012
This isn't usually the sort of book I would read but I'm so glad I did. It is so gripping. The narrative is very visual, it may sometimes seem a little drawn out in places but this just adds to the suspense of the story. The characters are fantastic and have great depth to them. Towards the end my heart was racing, and to get a reaction like this is testament to how well this is written. This book will have you gripped. I'm still thinking about it a week later!
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5.0 out of 5 stars More gripping than McEwan 7 May 2012
Rare have I been so gripped. Y a book that my heart rate actually goes up ! I loved this book, I live in Dorset and could see how well researched this book was. Couldn't put it down, a must if you like excitement and a clever and well written plot
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my reads of the year so far 25 April 2012
By Elaine Simpson-long TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Two years ago I read this author's book The Maestro's Voice which, as it had an operatic background, was of great interest to me. I thought it quite marvellous. I will admit that a large amount of my enjoyment of that book was the fact that it had a setting and background that I love and the operatic references enhanced the reading experience, so when I was sent The Good Wife's Castle I wondered if I would like it as much. Now that I have finished reading it I cannot imagine why such a stupid thought crossed my mind as I was totally riveted by it and its effect stayed with me for quite a few days while I thought about my review.

Granville St Clair is a middle aged clergyman, at a crisis point in his life. His marriage is rocky, his wife is unhappy living where they do, and she is impatient and scornful of his 'visions', his moments of bliss and happiness which come to him unexpectedly ".....a sudden, silent surge of voltage, and a renewed wave of wonder passed through Granville. He quietly gasped with relief and joy at the encounter, like a diver who has pulled away from the cusp of calamity and emerges into God's clean air. He could see so clearly in that moment that everything had to change"

He wakes early one morning and goes out for a walk and it is while he is out that he meets Piet Steyn, a South African, who has recently moved into the area. He has kept himself to himself in a cottage right at the end of the village. As they meet and introduce themselves they turn to walk past the Old Rectory and both accidentally witness the owner, Bertie Gosling, commit suicide. They are too late to save him and they discover a young girl, Hetty, in the bedroom upstairs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Taking lives and lets them burn... 23 April 2012
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
OK, do you love a book that takes a situation and explores what if? A book that feels like its set in a normal area with a solid community? Where everyone knows each other's business? Well Roland Vernon does that and blends into that infamous author question of "What If?" merges a suicide into the mix and a mistress, sits back and waits to see what occurs.

What unfurls within is a story of deceit, lies and of course the story of the characters' lives falling down around their ears. It's cleverly written and when backgrounds are added, makes this a hard to put down title as it builds to its crescendo. Add to this a solid understanding of pace, a realistically built cast and of course an author who knows how to guide the reader throughout their writing. Great stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A REAL PAGE TURNER WITH DARK OVERTONES 11 Jun 2014
I enjoyed this book. I had not read anything from Roland Vernon previously, but I will certainly be tempted to read his other offerings. You cannot really reveal any aspect of this novel as it would detract from the readers experience, apart from the blurb on the back of the book 'In a quiet English village the suicide of a seemingly happy man is about to trigger a chain of shocking revelations' that sufficient, but the book did not disappoint, and it was certainly an enjoyable read that warrants my award of 5 *,definitely worth reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, but not everyone's cup of tea! 28 Jan 2013
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It was a rather black theme to the book and some of my friends did not enjoy it, though I found it gripping and a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy It 27 Jan 2013
By Mel
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What a great book. It was recommended to me by a mum at the same school as the author's children. I thoroughly enjoyed it and loved the end.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A dark story 22 Jan 2013
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The story is very dark and unhappy. The ending leaves a broken family with nothing said that could have helped matters.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
Well written but very unpleasant book. I just could not relate to the two main characters and the basic premise of the story (which I will not reveal) seems far fetched. Read more
Published 20 months ago by billsown
5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling MUST read
Recommended by a friend, I had no idea what to expect with this novel but fairly swiftly I was completely engrossed and found myself thinking about the plot, the characters and the... Read more
Published 21 months ago by smitho
4.0 out of 5 stars un-put-downable!
Our book club chose this book and at first I was sceptical because the opening scene was odd to say the least, but after the first couple of chapters I was hooked and couldn't put... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Julia Hotshot
5.0 out of 5 stars The Good Wife's Castle
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. I truly could not put it down! Even my children wanted to know what happened next after I had given gave them a brief outline. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Mrs. K. E. S. Bourne
5.0 out of 5 stars The Good Wife's Castle
This is the best book I have read in about 5 years - I was totally gripped from the start. It would make a brilliant TV series.
Published on 28 July 2012 by Cordelia
5.0 out of 5 stars The Good Wife's Castle
I was totally gripped by Roland Vernon's third book, hugely scary suspense set in a normal village in Dorset where most people seem straightforward! Read more
Published on 10 July 2012 by Camilla
5.0 out of 5 stars first rate thriller
Half way through Roland Vernon's first novel, it was abundantly clear he had a gift for creating suspense and tension. Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2012 by live consumer
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