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The Missing Room [Paperback]

Brian Jarman
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17 Nov 2012
Struck down by a mystery illness which has left him bedbound for much of the time, Lloyd returns to the farmhouse in Wales where he was brought up by his Aunt Mona after his parents were killed in a car crash. Other occupants of The Noddfa (Sanctuary) include fifteen-year old Alex, the wayward son of his cousin, and Mona’s demented Great Uncle Stanley. Lloyd’s mind turns to a mystery of his childhood - the room-sized space on the first floor of the house which has no door or window. Alex acts as his detective and they explore it with the help of a webcam. They find letters which reveal that the crash which killed his parents may not be as straightforward as it seems. Lloyd now has three mysteries to solve – his illness, the car crash, and the real purpose of The Missing Room.

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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (17 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480155535
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480155534
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 886,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Plots as cool as the snow on the mountain passes 20 Jun 2013
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There's something about the construction of the big old farmhouse with its larger, later L-shaped addition that doesn't quite add up.

Thereupon, Brian Jarman hangs his tale of various riddles wrapped up in enigmas which becomes 'The Missing Room' - a cracking story of a life being lived a long way short of full throttle because of illness and mysteries just beyond reach.

I'll spare you details of plot twists and turns because they would spoil the elements of surprise.

Suffice to say that there are two central characters.

There's Lloyd, a high functioning man prone to ME relapses who later develops a drinking problem as he tries to blot out some unpleasant surprises.

He's a bit of a high flyer - a young diplomat who can no longer cut the mustard in his South American posting and is forced to take some home leave.

And there's the house - The Noddfa (Sanctuary) - set in high country in Ceredigion, mid-Wales, with the room with no windows and apparently no doors and a strange cast of inhabitants reigned over by Auntie Mona, who really is as solid a force of nature as they come.

Strangely, the house is far from an inanimate object, though thankfully there's not a trace of Stephen King-type supernatural hocus pocus. This book rests firmly on the foundations of the here and now, or the here and what was.

Jarman writes beautifully of time and place - the sort of place that Dr Andy Beaumont, who is walking all of the highest peaks in Wales to raise money for The ME Association - will know only too well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Simply on the strength of a piece of fiction about ME from a male point of view, Jarman deserves 5 stars. And, there is a lot more ..... The writing is strong - Mr. Jarman- is not only a fine journalist but a great storyteller. The parts about Wales, the mystery the house holds, and the assortment of rich characters there are fascinating.
As well, the real and metaphoric Missing Room holds the key to several mysteries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An ingenious page turner 10 Dec 2012
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An ingenious page turner, but with the power to encourage reflection on the human condition - it's all there: family, health, career, and of course the slippery slope to alcoholism. An added bonus is the wealth of fascinating Welsh and English history, and medical information, that Jarman deftly weaves into the narrative, whilst elegantly avoiding being didactic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous book. 16 Feb 2013
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I wonder if Brian Jarman is telling us part of his life story. A really good book, full of character and of course the mysterious missing room that is steeped in history. Life in the Welsh valleys sounds like great fun for a boy growing up. The book is now being passed round my family as they all want to read it. I look forward to the next book by Brian Jarman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly engaging 1 July 2013
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This novel is a thrilling mystery and journey of self-discovery; engaging and intelligent. An interesting insight into the lifestyle of a man suffering with ME, narrating the difficulties that so many face in their day-to-day life.
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A very readable novel that's part historical mystery and part family saga. The main character Lloyd has ME - which prompts his return to rural Wales to recuperate in the care of his feisty Aunt Mona. This enforced rest gives him the opportunity to try and solve the mystery around his parents' death as well as that of an extra room in the old house.
The sense of place is very well done and Lloyd is a sympathetic character. A very enjoyable and unusual read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 6 Dec 2012
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I loved it. Its a fine novel, very well plotted, full of character, and I couldn't put it down.
Carmen Callil, founder of Virago Press
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