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4.0 out of 5 stars Odd, but strangely alluring, 26 Oct. 2012
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I wasn't quite sure what to make of this book. I knew, by the blurb on the back - "she played in cemeteries as a child" - that I'd like the author (but then who DIDN'T like to play in graveyards when little?), but I wasn't so sure about the story. However, Ahldorn's original, astute writing saved what could have been a very average plot and turned it into a book that kept itching at my mind until I finished it. Andrew, running away from his dysfunctional life and looking to start afresh, moves in with an old schoolfriend, Mickey. The grass is definitely greener with the neighbours, the Wards, who are good-looking, clean and seem absolutely perfect; but their perfect exterior hides a dark interior.

Ahldorn has created a likeable, empathetic hero in Andrew, and a very human antihero in Mickey. Their nemesis, Harlow Ward, the beautiful seductress next door, is also a tormented and twisted character who is a unique antiheroine (is that a word? it is now!). The whole story, which threatened to be a rather typical black-deeds-behind-the-white-picket-fence affair, is surprisingly well-observed and enjoyably gruesome without being OTT. And, without giving anything away, I really liked the ending.
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Initial post: 9 Dec 2014 10:12:19 GMT
Liked this book very much took on holiday and got sun burned due to the fact that once started had to finish. I was right behind Andrew on several pages shouting get out. it was funny sad and a little bit scary.
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