The Facts of Life and Death

The Facts of Life and Death

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"Bauer at her best . . . the true heir to the great Ruth Rendell."-- Mail on Sunday (UK)

Belinda Bauer is a phenomenal voice in British crime fiction, whose work has garnered rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. Shortlisted for the 2015 Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, The Facts of Life and Death is a creepy, edge-of-your-seat thriller about a serial killer who terrorizes vulnerable women, with their families forced to bear witness.

On the beaches and cliffs of North Devon, lone women have become victims in a terrifying game where only one player knows the rules. And when those rules change, the new game is murder.

But a madman on the loose feels very far from the crumbling, seaside home of ten-year-old Ruby Trick. Instead she lives in constant fear of school bullies, the dark forest crowding her house into the sea, and the threat of her parents' divorce. Helping her father to catch the killer seems like the only way to keep him close. As long as the killer doesn't catch her first.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780802126849
Branch Call Number: FIC Bauer
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 21 cm


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Aug 01, 2017

Dark. Metaphorical darkness envelopes daily existence. Immature adults, dysfunctional children populating the North Devon coast run amuck. In particular, the malaise pervading the Trick household is thicker than molasses. Further afield, the playing out of insidious fantasies among the hamlets has taken root. Sexual retribution is afoot. Pub based cowboy posses roam the country lanes to champion justice. Add to all this the brooding, foreboding countryside and atmosphere round Ruby Trick's village of Limeburn. Never, ever, ignore or underestimate Mother Nature while being obsessed by human games. The author herself states she had a difficult year while writing the novel. Some of that distress has suffused this book. A synonym for depression: The Facts of Life and Death.

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