Please, Michael, stay. He was after twisting his back and had hardly the use of himself at all. The man dropped him near Nenagh and wished him a peaceful Christmas and sent regards to his parents and his family and he walked the final miles as the sun reached halfway along its short winter arc. And finally he stood at the cross of the four roads at the top of the hill and looked down into the valley. A neighbour drew beside him in an ass-drawn car, a man who laboured summers for his father years before.
A Christmas babby, begod. Have you no bag? And he hupped the ass and gave him a lick of the switch on his matted rump and they moved off across the brow of the hill and down into the valley. Go on ahead without me. Tell my mother and father you met me and I was well. Tell them that, all right? With my wife. And before the man could form a reply he slid off the car and onto his feet and started again to walk, back up the hill and onto the main road.
A waxing moon lit the earth and the North Star blazed above it. She was sitting in the window looking out.
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Brought to Book. Sign In. Don't have an account? Forgot Password? Overall, I really did enjoy this, but those you really love psychological suspense will likely enjoy it even more than I did.
This is a solid enough British mystery, with a unique premise. Newly divorced, single mom, Anna, has only just returned to work after the birth of her daughter, when while taking a walk, she is attacked by a teenage boy. Was Anna truly protecting her daughter? Were her actions necessary? Has a long dormant killer resurfaced or is someone toying with Anna? Although the characterizations were a little weak, and there were some implausible situations throughout, I think the story is original, and has one whale of a twist, I did not see coming.
The author did do a good job of creating doubt about Anna, which made me wonder if she were reliable. This added an additional layer of suspense to an already tense atmosphere. The pacing was even, but there were places that really need more in- depth explanations and some events were glossed over too quickly. Although the book has a few minor issues, and isn't one to receive a lot of heavy buzz, it is a nice little gem and I am glad I discovered it through several Goodreads friends.
This author shows a lot of promise and I will be keeping my eye out for more of her work. View all 26 comments. Thrilling Start! Withhere After Start! NO Wow!
View all 4 comments. Apr 23, Linda rated it liked it Shelves: mystery-thrillers , net-galley. A mother's protective love is beyond question. Automaticity that kicks in at just the right moment. And that's exactly what happened on that lovely sunny day as Anna and her baby daughter, Joni, were walking along the beach.