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Strange but intriguing
on 11 March 2003
This was really a rather strange book! It took me ages to get into it (as it seemed to move at such a slow pace) and I almost gave up on it after about 4 or 5 chapters. However, once the characters and events began to take shape (sort of!), I found I wanted to keep on reading to find out what would happen. Basically, it's the story of Amy Petty, who (being a passenger on a train that crashes) disappears and is presumed dead, even though her body is not among those recovered. At this time, Amy's seemingly bombastic and uncaring husband, Douglas, is taking a libel action against a major national newspaper after it reported his involvement in an act of gross indecency. Douglas' equally obnoxious stepmother and stepsister are staying at his large house, which doubles as a refuge for unwanted, abandoned and abused dogs. Amy's disappearance is very strange (given her husband's current predicament) and a lawyer is hired to find out the truth about Amy's whereabouts. But why does Douglas want Amy back home when he seems to care so little about her? And why do his step-relatives behave in such a cloying and 'sickly-sweet' manner towards him? Meanwhile, Amy is far from dead, but she hides a secret that must not be disclosed at any cost, even if it means that she may never be able to return home to her beloved dogs. Her only problem is that she was a witness to the murder of a woman at the time of the crash but, fortunately for the murderer, his victim's body is counted as one of the train casualties. Amy cannot be discovered, but finds it difficult to live with the knowledge of the terrible act she has witnessed. Is there anyone she can trust to tell about this without giving herself away?
Even though this was an unusual story, I'm glad I kept reading because, in the final chapters, all loose ends were tied up and the ending was really satisfying! If you've got the patience to stick this one out, it's really worth reading.