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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, disturbing and kind of fun...., 9 Jun. 2013
This review is from: Tarnished (Paperback)
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Peg can't remember much about her childhood. All she knows is that her mum died of cancer when she was six and that she was brought up by her beloved Nan, Doll, in Doll's seaside bungalow. Doll, now suffering from dementia, is also principle carer of her bed-bound, massively obese daughter Jeanie. Peg has been trying to find her father, Raymond, using the internet. The other major character in the book is Peg's girlfriend, Loz, a feisty chef who seems to genuinely love Peg and wants the best for her - including helping her remember.

From the opening chapter when a gruesome discovery is made in the sea, this book has a sense of menace that is really gripping. The description of Doll's bungalow and the vile Jeanie made my flesh creep, the claustrophobia is almost palpable and you know that something is very wrong. The author keeps the reader guessing right to the end until the whole truth is revealed, both to the reader and to Peg.

Julia Crouch has created some brilliant and original characters here, from quiet, self-effacing Peg to the gross, but strangely compelling Jeanie. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A perfect holiday read.
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