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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (6 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099453525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099453529
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Summer reading may never be the same after Julie Myerson's latest novel...Myerson has a talent for making the unthinkable readable. The result is riveting" (Observer)

"Electrifying" (Financial Times)

"This is top-notch storytelling - it doesn't let go and keeps you thinking" (Daily Mail)

"This novel stands as her most impressively realised work to date...Myerson has a forensic interest in the messiness of grief, which she itemises with the awful clarity of vision that often accompanies shock" (Guardian)

"Mesmerising, chilling stuff; Myerson's prose is taut and precise" (Sunday Times)

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'Chillingly convincing - Myerson leaves us teetering emotionally at the edge of the cliff, without a safety net' Independent

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Having read some of the reviews here I was wondering if I'd read the same book. I found this book particularly engaging because I have a great affection for Southwold, the Suffolk town where the story is set. Myerson brings the town so much to life with her prose that it is perhaps not surprising that I found her book wonderfully evocative of very happy times spent there.

Some reviewers have criticised her for not using speech marks when writing dialogue. As you read the book however, you realise you are inside the head of Tess, the best friend of Lennie, the murder victim written about at the beginning of the novel. Being inside the head of this character means you see those conversations from her viewpoint - they are not meant to be direct transcripts. Therefore the writing works particularly well and helps us understand the world from her perspective, which is really what the whole book is about. Yes, she is somewhat detached but she has just experienced as huge a trauma as anybody is likely to and is going through a period in her life as so many do, when they question everything in their existence.

The denouement is one of the saddest, most emotionally gut-wrenching I have read in a contemporary novel and again makes me wonder why some have suggested that the ending is unsatisfactory. It is a book that takes the mundane and everyday and turns it into something sharp, sensual and apposite to our lives. Myerson should be applauded for not entering into a whodunnit and for not sensationalising the plot. The point here is that in many ways we live our lives in our heads, and sometimes get lost in those thoughts and emotions. This is a book that allows the reader real insight into those thoughts and hits you right in the solar plexus when key events truly change the protagonists' lives.

A fantastic read and one I would heartily recommend.
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Hmm not a favourite. Too much conversation (and I too found the lack of quotation marks irritating) and IMHO superfluous conversation at that - it was't scene setting, character development, story development, it just felt as if the author needed to crank up the size... Quite apart from the story (about which I am still not convinced) the whole style of the book irked me and I really didn't like and failed to identify with the key character (in fact she was the ONLY character, everyone else seemed to be a two dimensional after thought). Maybe I am am staid and boring but I aldo found her ability to shift emotional attachments (which was a key element of the story) more akin to that a 15 year old in the throes of adolescence and not a middle aged woman (who I am so I reckon I know about which I speak!) with a family and children.
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An absolutely absorbing story. It wraps around your heart stealthily without you knowing, right up to the very end. It has a murder and a romance, but these are quite secondary to the haunting otherness of the place and above all the ordinarily unacknowledged feeling of safety in routine which shatters so profoundly and unexpectedly. Wonderfully, unpretentiously written, yet so acurately, that even Livvy the baby is vividly realised!
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Like the last reviewer,and UNLIKE the one before, I found this title un-put-downable. Not knowing the author, I had no preconceptions; what a wonderful surprise then to find myself being drawn into an extraordinary account of an extraordinary event in a very ordinary community. It's convincing, moving, beautifully written and surprising in both content and style. The apparent story-line, that of an unsettling murder in a small English seaside town, belies the novel's true intent and strength, for in fact it's "about" loss, of loved ones and love, fear, of the unknown and emotion, and courage, for facing the future and one's self. The writing is deceptively simple, dialogue is unimpeded by punctuation, giving speech a sense of immediacy and reality, and the honesty with which Myerson tackles relationships, marriage, friendship, love and longing is unusual and admirable. I doubt the author has written better, but I am now on a quest to make time to read her other titles as soon as I can lay my hands on them!
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Potential for a really great story but the lack of quotation marks to separate thought from conversation and dialogue from one to another was a very large distraction for me and prevented a smooth read. What could have been a nice flowing story because stilted and halted for me...maybe other readers would not be bothered by this but each time the flow became interrupted, so do the interest.
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This book is incredibly unrealistic and I really struggled to feel anything for any of the characters. The original death is dealt with well but the pointless gratuitous sex and the two main events that happen near the end are forced, almost laughable in their proximity to each other and just their likelihood of actually happening... I didn't see anything in this book that made me want to read her other books or even read this one again.

I'm moving house soon and this is definitely going to be going to the charity shop...
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Did the previous reviewer read the same book as me?! I finished it in two nights - it would have been one but when I got to 2am I had to reluctantly put it aside to finish the following night. I was gripped and absorbed throughout. Julie Myerson's stunning evocation of place, beauty of language, masterly storytelling and above all(for me) heart-rending truth of Tess's predicament - her overriding love for her children, told in such loving small detail, and indeed for her husband, coming up against the baffling but gnawing and ever-growing certainty that there must be more than this -it pierced me to the core. I could identify with Tess's plight (how many thinking independent mums out there couldn't?) in a way that found me constantly putting the book down and staring into space, contemplating a particularly piquant truth, which only the finest weavers of real-life situations and fictional settings can achieve. The on-the-face-of-it main theme of the loss of Tess's best friend and the way she died was told in startling, shocking detail, yet never overdone - but this isn't what the book is about. It is about taking for granted what we have, assuming as we are all inclined to do that that which is in our gift is ours forever, and dealing with the fallout when something happens to make us realize that we are all connected to this life by a slender thread that can be broken at any moment. It moved me to tears, something that happens seldom.
Bravo Julie Myerson - and if you are indeed the queen of the Islington lit pack, self crowned or no, all I can say is, long may you reign!
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