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Edwina Spinner has lived in the same house for over fifty years. It used to be a busy, crowded family home but now Edwina lives alone and it has grown too big for her. She has decided to sell it. The young estate agent who comes to value the house sees potential. Knock down a few walls, add a wet room. 'People like a project.' But as Edwina takes him from room to room, she is transported back to her old life as a young mother. Back to her first husband Ollie and their twins, James and Rowena. Back to lies and dark secrets and to a stepson whose name Edwina cannot even bear to speak aloud. As Edwina's story unravels she is revealed as a complex and intriguing person. Not just the 'frail old lady' trapped in her dated house, but a woman who has lived an extraordinary life, full of love and tragedy. Why is she now so alone? What happened to Edwina's family all those years ago?
Publisher: London : Sphere, 2015.
ISBN: 9780751550948
Characteristics: 388 pages ;,24 cm


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Jan 02, 2018

I begin to crave a simple narrative style that starts at the beginning and moves to the end. I crave s story told from one point of view.

This is another in my summer read pile, and yet another one from the pile that was a disappointment. I was happy to go along with the story until one third into the book when suddenly we begin at a mid point and see it all from another character's point of view, but introducing a whole different story line, only to be followed by a third character entering the book and dragging us off centre yet again. Why?

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