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Spellbinding debut novel!,
This review is from: What Lies Within (Hardcover)
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Anna's story had me enthralled from start to finish. The prose was tightly written without a superfluous word. Anna, her husband and two children live in an isolated house on Dartmoor not far from the prison. She is a ceramic artist, rather than a mere potter, and works from home in a studio in one of the outbuildings and is shortly to mount a major exhibition of her work in a local gallery. Robert, her husband, is employed by the National Parks and is often late home. The story begins with an escape from the nearby prison which fills Anna with dread, despite the fact that news reports said the man wasn't dangerous. She is fearful for the safety of her children - and decides to meet them from school. She picked up Megan, her daughter, and decided to wait discreetly for Paul, her fifteen year old son, but he doesn't appear and she goes home without him. Paul had been acting strangely out of character for a while and she is desperate to find out why, but he is like a typical teenager, keeping the reasons close to his chest. Anna's relationship with her husband has been strained for some time and although she knows Robert loves her she cannot reciprocate. But Anna has a secret in her past which, as the story develops, threatens to destroy everything she holds dear. The flashbacks to that troubled past are told in the first person which makes her story even more poignant and distressing. Her family know nothing of this and the final denouement is both shocking and disturbing. This book is not a thriller nor is it really a psychological suspense story, but it is full of raw emotion, fear and loathing. It speaks about what was once considered a taboo subject, and what makes it more amazing is that is written by a man from a woman's perspective. Great stuff Tom Vowler - can 't wait for your next novel!