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A gripping novel, full of twisted psychology and dark, covert obsessions; both murky and dazzling -- Uncut
A humorous, compelling tale of furtive desires and hidden obsessions...as events escalate towards a shocking conclusion -- The Express
Pitch-perfect: intelligent construction, unrelenting tension and a redemptive flourish of an ending -- Big Issue
The tension never dips, dialogue is perfect. A must-read. -- Daily Record
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Agnes, Siobhan and Myrna all work in their local launderette and, on the surface, have little in common apart from a passion for keeping themselves to themselves... Agnes is fascinated by tales of true crime, and one crime in particular - the murder of her cousin Vina, a glamorous good time girl, found strangled outside a dancehall when Agnes was fifteen. Myrna, meanwhile, lives for the evenings and weekends, longing for romance but craving for sex and money; with mounting debts, her decisions become fuelled by desperation, and she enters a shadowy night-time world fraught with danger. Siobhan is perhaps the most elusive of the three, constantly retreating into her synaesthetic imagination, conjuring the details of people's lives through their laundry -- her fantasies becoming gradually more and more treacherous. Despite their distance and their differences, isolation draws the women together, casual work relationships metamorphosing into tentative, fragile friendships. As all three are forced to make choices about their lives, and the launderette, events build towards a shocking conclusion. Blacker and more ambitious than Negative Space, Zoe Strachan's vibrant second novel is illuminated by her light observational touch, deft characterization and gift for creating - and sustaining - suspense.See all Product description
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Life can lead you to unexpected places. How often have any of us said 'How did I end up like this' - well this maps this phrase beautifully.
Whether its examining the effects of childhood trauma, modern day debt and binge drinking habits or basic sexuality and fetish, Zoe Strachan knits these three women together and expresses how relevant they can be to each other.
It was involving, and in no way trite so whilst the ending is 'neat' it doesn't appear contrived in any way.
Worth a read. Looking forward to Zoes next one.