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5.0 out of 5 stars Brave, sensitive and intelligent - but not a thriller, 5 April 2013
This review is from: What Lies Within (Hardcover)
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The publishers are not doing this book any favours by likening it to Before I Go To Sleep, and pitching it as a psychological thriller - it's not. It's far too intelligent, subtle, and restrained in its approach, and is written with acute sensitivity rather than sensationalism. So if you're looking for a bold and brash, action-packed, commercial genre read this really isn't it.

There is a crime at the heart of this book - and a horrific one - but the narrative concentrates on its effects, both short- and long-term, on Anna and her family, not on `solving' a crime. The bleak landscape of the moors, and the isolation of Anna's home works well to support the atmosphere of the tale, and tales of pursuit, incarceration and escape are placed well.

This is a particularly brave and interesting (and heartening) book for a male author to write, and Vowler, to his credit, has inhabited his main female character with huge empathy and understanding. He has captured, especially, vexed issues of women's relationships to their bodies, and the increasing cultural commodification of female sexuality with a nice sense of unease.

So this is a dark and unsettling read, short but important. It's quiet in tone, but demonstrates emotional maturity and a deep intelligence. I finished the book and was left with the feeling that these characters are still continuing to live their lives beyond the text... Highly recommended.
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