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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd; Australia / New Zealand ed edition (29 May 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 0224071939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224071932
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,861,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julie Myerson is the author of seven novels, including the bestselling Something Might Happen, and three works of non-fiction, including Home: The Story of Everyone Who Ever Lived In Our House, which was dramatised on BBC Radio 4 and her most recent book, The Lost Child. She lives in London and Suffolk with her husband and teenage children.

(Photo credit: Chloe Myerson)

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"Summer reading may never be the same after Julie Myerson's latest novel...Myerson has a talent for making the unthinkable readable. The result is riveting" (Observer)

"Electrifying" (Financial Times)

"This is top-notch storytelling - it doesn't let go and keeps you thinking" (Daily Mail)

"This novel stands as her most impressively realised work to date...Myerson has a forensic interest in the messiness of grief, which she itemises with the awful clarity of vision that often accompanies shock" (Guardian)

"Mesmerising, chilling stuff; Myerson's prose is taut and precise" (Sunday Times) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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'Chillingly convincing - Myerson leaves us teetering emotionally at the edge of the cliff, without a safety net' Independent --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 29 Jun. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Having read some of the reviews here I was wondering if I'd read the same book. I found this book particularly engaging because I have a great affection for Southwold, the Suffolk town where the story is set. Myerson brings the town so much to life with her prose that it is perhaps not surprising that I found her book wonderfully evocative of very happy times spent there.

Some reviewers have criticised her for not using speech marks when writing dialogue. As you read the book however, you realise you are inside the head of Tess, the best friend of Lennie, the murder victim written about at the beginning of the novel. Being inside the head of this character means you see those conversations from her viewpoint - they are not meant to be direct transcripts. Therefore the writing works particularly well and helps us understand the world from her perspective, which is really what the whole book is about. Yes, she is somewhat detached but she has just experienced as huge a trauma as anybody is likely to and is going through a period in her life as so many do, when they question everything in their existence.

The denouement is one of the saddest, most emotionally gut-wrenching I have read in a contemporary novel and again makes me wonder why some have suggested that the ending is unsatisfactory. It is a book that takes the mundane and everyday and turns it into something sharp, sensual and apposite to our lives. Myerson should be applauded for not entering into a whodunnit and for not sensationalising the plot. The point here is that in many ways we live our lives in our heads, and sometimes get lost in those thoughts and emotions. This is a book that allows the reader real insight into those thoughts and hits you right in the solar plexus when key events truly change the protagonists' lives.

A fantastic read and one I would heartily recommend.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mmrich on 14 Oct. 2009
Format: Paperback
Potential for a really great story but the lack of quotation marks to separate thought from conversation and dialogue from one to another was a very large distraction for me and prevented a smooth read. What could have been a nice flowing story because stilted and halted for me...maybe other readers would not be bothered by this but each time the flow became interrupted, so do the interest.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Aug. 2004
Format: Paperback
Like the last reviewer,and UNLIKE the one before, I found this title un-put-downable. Not knowing the author, I had no preconceptions; what a wonderful surprise then to find myself being drawn into an extraordinary account of an extraordinary event in a very ordinary community. It's convincing, moving, beautifully written and surprising in both content and style. The apparent story-line, that of an unsettling murder in a small English seaside town, belies the novel's true intent and strength, for in fact it's "about" loss, of loved ones and love, fear, of the unknown and emotion, and courage, for facing the future and one's self. The writing is deceptively simple, dialogue is unimpeded by punctuation, giving speech a sense of immediacy and reality, and the honesty with which Myerson tackles relationships, marriage, friendship, love and longing is unusual and admirable. I doubt the author has written better, but I am now on a quest to make time to read her other titles as soon as I can lay my hands on them!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By smartesthorse on 27 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Julie Myerson, there's a name that raises a lot of hackles! The author of The Guardian's' Living with Teenagers' column, here crafts a story around a less dysfunctional family caught in the midst of a horrific murder in a seaside town. There is a mystery here of course, but the book is not really a whodunnit at all it examines the reaction of a family to this terrible event and that family goes on to experience its own horror.

The town is recognisably Southwold on the Suffolk coast, my own home territory and it is lovingly depicted albeit it doesn't cover the discomfort felt by the likes of me, whose family have lived in Suffolk for generations, to the mass infiltration of the town by second homers!!

I didn't like the main character Tess AT ALL though her relationship with her children especially the baby, is warm and loving, I felt very sorry for her husband! Her behaviour in the book made me quite angry and the feeling I would like to give her a slap distracted me sometimes from the excellent writing. You don't have to like a main character to love a book though, that's for sure. Austen's Emma is my favourite novel but Emmma is a snobbish, selfish piece of work!

The very fact that a fictional character can arouse strong emotions in the reader, or anyway this reader, is a tribute to the novel's power. Bad novels leave me in a couldn't care less frame of mind about the people in it.
Very hard to break off from this book, if you don't know Southwold you will get a real feel of the place, if you do, you will be reminded why it is such a beloved town.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim Frost on 15 Mar. 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a whodunnit, at least it starts like a whodunnit and sets off down that familiar track. Tess lives in the picturesque seaside town of Southwold, Suffolk (easily identified, though not actually named). Down on Pier Avenue in the car park, a young woman is brutally murdered. Tess, her husband Mick and kids including Liv the baby are the murdered woman's friends.

Apparently all is not what it seems, and people have secrets that the police might be very interested to hear about.

The murder enquiry proceeds alongside the plans for the victim's funeral. And then Tess begins to behave in a strange way. I won't say much more, to avoid spoiling the plot, but for me the ensuing developments involving Lacey were completely implausible. Men don't behave in the way that Myerson describes, and at that point I realised that the author is much more convincing with her female characters than with the men.

Anyway, the tension does build, weird things happen, and just when you think the climax is approaching, and it's all getting exciting ... the story abruptly veers off in another totally unpredictable and unbelievable direction.

The ending is a real downer, both in the sense of being profoundly depressing and in not resolving the fiction in a satisfying way.

That all said, the prose is vivid, the storytelling pacy, the female characters at least are well developed and it's an engrossing read. The affectation of dispensing with quotation marks for direct speech bothered me initially, but I got used to it.

An interesting read, flawed but original and entertaining.
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