Bluethroat Morning (Bloomsbury Paperbacks) Paperback – 6 Aug 2001
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Alison Bliss, world-famous model and author of critically acclaimed Sweet Susan, walks into the sea on a 'bluethroat morning'. In death she becomes a greater icon than in life, and the Norfolk village of Glaven where she lived, is soon a place of pilgrimage. Six years later her husband Harry, a schoolteacher, is still haunted by her suicide and faithful to her memory. But then he meets nineteen-year-old Helen and they fall in love. Harry and Helen's relationship initiates a return to the past, and it is at the scene of his Alison's death that they meet ninety-eight-year-old Em Higham. Through this old man a tale is revcaled that has been generations in the making and at whose centre may lie the reason for the tragedy. As Harry pieces together the past and confronts his own pain, he discovers that to truly move beyond history, first he must relive it...
About the Author
Jacqui Lofthouse has an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and is the author of The Temple of Hymen. She lives in London.
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A literary thriller, yes, with important themes about women artists and suicide, as well as the mysteries of love and passion.
This one will linger in my mind.
The main character had committed suicide. The rest of the book was devoted to her husband’s search for the reason. I nodded off towards the end.
The characters are also very well portrayed, although I was only fond of Alison Bliss and Ern Higham. It was very interesting to learn more about Alison and the reasons for her suicide. We get an insight into her thinking, she was clearly suffering from some form of depression and took the only way out she believed she had. An exceptional read that will stay with me for a long time.