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5.0 out of 5 stars Extreme People Watching, 8 Dec 2012
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Frances returning is returning to London and her job on the books page of a failing newspaper when she comes across a car that has crashed. Before she dies, Frances has a brief conversation with the woman inside, but this moment is the key she can use to change her life.

Frances visits the grieving family with the Family Liaison Officer and realises that the widower is a famous author, Laurence Kyte. From the moment she embellishes the last words Alys said,the scene is set, and Frances turns Laurence Kyte into a project.

As a reader I was unsure what Frances would do next, is she unhinged or just very manipulative? Her observations about family members along with those she meets through work are used ruthlessly to her advantage. Our cunning narrator keeps us informed of the plan and at times I found myself reluctantly admiring her whilst fearing what the outcome would be.

This is a fantastic study of human behaviour, the tawdry nature of networking and ambition but ultimately a fantastic read.
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Initial post: 8 Dec 2012 21:49:37 GMT
Mr J B-M says:
A most intriguing review that makes me want to rush out and get hold of this book forthwith.

However, a couple of things (FOUR) confuse me.

1. If Frances dies, how does she have a conversation with the woman in the car? Is it a supernatural book perchance? If so, that wasn't very clear.

ii. Apparently Frances turns Laurence into a project. I'm thinking papier mache but I might be wrong. Maybe next time you could elaborate.

c. I like the word 'tawdry'. Just thought I should let you know.

* I think it's a bit obvious to have a character with the surname 'returning' (like e.e.cummings presumably) returning somewhere. I'd have chosen something more like 'Henceforth'. Or 'henceforth'.
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