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Out of Sight [Kindle Edition]

Isabelle Grey
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'She slackens and tightens tension with perfect timing ... a very good read ... a gripping tale' Literary Review.

'A generous, moving and well-crafted novel, where food, France and feelings are all tenderly evoked' A N Wilson, Readers' Digest.

'Isabelle Grey is good at ratcheting up tension ... well-crafted ... The subject matter is fascinating' Daily Mail.

'In her portrait of a damaged man's journey towards redemption, Isabelle Grey builds the emotional suspense with white-hot intensity and truthfulness' Elizabeth Buchan.

'An engrossing psychological portrait of a deeply damaged man and of the women who try to love him' N J Cooper.

'This compelling psychological novel explores how the restorative power of love can, in time, begin to heal' Good Book Guide.

'Clever and utterly original. This debut plays on a parent's greatest fear' Irish Examiner.

'One of the many pleasures of the novel is its extremely skilful building of narrative, and emotional, tension' Charles Lambert.

'The reader is taken on a psychological and very emotional journey alongside these brilliantly portrayed characters' Jera’s Jamboree.

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Who pays the price once tragedy strikes?

In a small French town, Leonie is intrigued by a withdrawn Englishman who calls himself Patrice. He lives in a house inherited from his grandmother. He has no wife, no child, and refuses ever to get inside a car.

Patrice tells Leonie little about his past, but she's certain her love will heal his emotional scars.

Too late, she discovers that, five years before, Patrice was living in Brighton. He was called Patrick, and he had a wife and son. Until, one hot summer day, a moment of fatal forgetfulness changed his life forever.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 501 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0857383167
  • Publisher: Quercus (25 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IP7KRI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,089 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I enjoy writing crime and suspense because such gripping and tightly-woven stories offer a chance to explore how dark secrets come back to haunt us, the chilling emotions of why people kill, how love can go terrifyingly wrong, and the disturbing psychology of what we most fear.

My two novels of psychological suspense, 'Out of Sight' and 'The Bad Mother', are published in paperback, ebook and audio by Quercus. For several months 'The Bad Mother' was Amazon's No.1 bestselling novel in psychological suspense and was in the top ten crime fiction bestsellers.

I hope readers will also enjoy my first crime novel, 'Good Girls Don't Die', published by Quercus in October, and the first in a series featuring Grace Fisher, a murder detective with the Essex Major Investigation Team.

I also write screenplays for television crime drama, including 'The Bill', 'Wycliffe', 'Rosemary & Thyme' and 'Midsomer Murders'. With Jimmy McGovern, I co-wrote 'Tina's Story', the final episode in the Bafta and International Emmy award-winning BBC series 'Accused', starring Anna Maxwell Martin, Robert Sheehan and John Bishop.

A former non-fiction author (writing as Isabelle Anscombe) and journalist for national newspapers and magazines such as 'Cosmopolitan', 'Country Living' and 'Psychologies', I have also taught screenwriting at Central Saint Martin's and the Arvon Foundation.

I was born within the sound of Bow Bells in London's East End, grew up in Manchester, lived for ten years on what was once a tidal island at the edge of the Romney Marsh, and now live and work in north London.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars. A Damaged Man. 2 Oct 2011
By Susie B TOP 50 REVIEWER
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I have read some of Isabelle Grey's non-fiction work written under her maiden name: Isabelle Anscombe - most notably: Omega and After: Bloomsbury and the Decorative Arts - so I was interested to see how her fiction writing would fare.

The main protagonist in this story is Patrick Hinde, a self-employed homeopath and loving husband and devoted father. His parents come to stay for a few difficult days bringing with them painful memories and feelings that Patrick would rather not face and, instead of confronting them, he feels he has to escape. He straps his young son into the car and, like any ordinary work day, he heads off to the child minder before arriving at his place of work. But this is not any ordinary day and at the close of it, Patrick's life is turned upside down. The story then moves on five years and we are now in France where a young English woman, Leonie, finds herself very attracted to a man called Patrice, who specializes in homeopathy, has no wife, no child and will not step foot inside a car.

'Out of Sight' is basically a love story about a damaged man who is unable to cope with the damage that has been done to him and the damage that he has done to other people. It is about emotional cowardice and how this man, in order to avoid facing up to his problems, compartmentalizes his feelings and, in doing so, commits a dreadful, fatal act of forgetfulness. This is also the story of Leonie, a woman with a failed love affair behind her, who feels that the redemptive powers of love will solve Patrice's problems - even though he resists many of her efforts to understand and heal him.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love them or hate them 8 Oct 2011
By Jill A
Format:Paperback
The two central characters in this psychological thriller provoke strong responses in the reader.
Is Patrice a troubled, well-meaning victim of poor parenting or a self-absorbed, narcissistic monster?
Is Leonie nurturing,loving and brave or merely infatuated and self-deluding?
Or are the characters a mixture of all these?
Whatever the reader's take on this, Patrice and Leonie have been drawn with such skill that it is impossible to remain indifferent to them.
This would be great book for discussion groups or book clubs, or as a poolside page-turner.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, dark, different. 2 Sep 2011
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A carefully written book with an intriguing story - you are unlikely to read another like it this year or next, and as the story unfolds, it's unlikely to be what you expect. It's dark, which is fine if you like serious issues. The central character, Patrick/Patrice, seems more 'unknowable' the more you learn about him and is not in the mould of the tradional lead character. It's really nice to find a mainstream book that doesn't talk down or pander to the likely expectations of its readership.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accomplished Debut 30 Nov 2012
By C. Bannister TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Isabelle Grey's first book drew me in from the first page, and even better, continued to do so until the last page. The story starts in 2005 with Patrick's parents visiting him, his wife and son. Patrick's mother is an anxious woman and the description of her behaviour hits the mark exactly, the tensions that spread to those in her orbit were so accurately described it was painful to read.

In 2011 a woman in France meets Patrice and falls completely in love with him. Again the emotions of all involved are completely believable so that I really felt I got to know the characters. The pace of this book is perfect.

Fantastic writing with the right amount of intrigue I'm looking forward to Isabelle Grey's next novel The Bad Mother.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 11 Jan 2014
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This book explores how we are shaped by the legacy of our own experiences and those of our ancestors. A tragic story, sensitively written, it kept me intrigued to the last page.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Out of Sight 6 Nov 2013
By Aurora TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Initially one has a profound sympathy for Patrick/Patrice, as his guilt over a devastating mistake appears to overwhelm him although that soon changes to a vague and growing irritation. As time passes and he completely intentionally walks away from those who love him, he also appears to walk away from life itself, shrivelling emotionally, until he comes into contact with a woman who, sensing his pain and anxiety, is willing to give him the time and patience he needs to heal. She is hopeful that her love will help him to blossom, but not knowing anything of his past, she is unable to fully understand his needs, she recognises his reserve and lack of emotional depth, but rather than trying to dig him out of it - sensing that he would run from that - she enables him to continue to hide from himself and the world. It is brave of the author to paint the protagonist as a deeply flawed and unsympathetic man. Whilst recognising that he is a man very damaged by the past, he is also in many ways very weak, self centred and cowardly. Throughout the book I was looking for him to realise and face his flaws and a means of redemption for him. The author skilfully takes us right to the end of the book to find the answers, but are they what we expect them to be?
The author has created her characters with depth but without giving away too much of his background. In the period he spent in France we are not told what he did which was so devastating but it is easy to surmise. In that however, we have the advantage over Leonie who cannot imagine what has created his unique personality traits. Like her, we can feel his pain and anxiety and cannot predict what he will do next, unlike her however, we do know that he is not going to react well to her news, although I didn't really expect him to do what he did, although perhaps I should have.
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