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This is the first novel I read by this author several years ago, I enjoyed it then so I thought I would re-read it and see what it was like second time around.
About the Author
Margaret Yorke was born in 1924 and is a very accomplished, respected and famous English crime writing author.
He first book 'Summer Flight' was Published in 1957. Since then she was written 41 other novels.
In 1999 she won the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for 'The Scent of Fear'.
Storyline of the Book
The book is set in the late 1980's in Northamptonshire.
William Adams is a dangerous and unpredictable man. He has recently been released from prison having served seven years of a ten year sentence for rape.
As soon as he is released he changes his name in order to start a new life. By doing this he is not known to the Police and the Sex Offenders Register. After a couple of short term illegal money making scams, he is on the look out for a new way to make money.
One night he stays at a Bed and Breakfast in a small village called Witherstone under his latest assumed name of Frank Brown. Here at breakfast he meets a fellow lodger for the night a man called Desmond Baxter.
This man he recognises as the judge who sentenced him to prison. But why is he staying there? Why is he lying about his identity now? And what is the reason for this small deceit?
After Breakfast Frank decided to follow him, seeing a possibility of blackmailing the Judge. Finding out where he lives and via local directories his home telephone number.
What he doesn't realise is that the man calling himself Desmond Baxter also recognises him.
My thoughts on the book
The actual storyline for this book is intriguing. It moves quickly and at no time do you have the opportunity to get bored with it. Indeed I found this book so hard to put down that I had read it in just two days. A record for a slow reading like myself. It demonstrated how a simple lie can have amazing and unforeseen consequences and alter many people's lives.
This I believe is due not only to the compelling story but the way the author skilfully writes. Her writing is always clear and crisp with fantastically interesting characters that she creates that are described in superb detail and had a depth about them. These characters appear very vulnerable and as a result I think people can easily relate to them and if not be on their side understand their actions.
What she does cleverly is draw you in with her story that leaves you having to know more. While at the same time you are wondering which way things will go and what will happen next. She is great at building up suspense and leaving you not only understanding the characters but wondering what will become of each one of them.
So often I find the end of a book disappointing, this was not the case in this one however. As Yorke skilfully brings the book to a thrilling climax. Maybe an epilogue would have been a good thing to add as I really want to know what happens in the next few months to all the characters. I certainly would have appreciated it!!
For me this is a first class piece of crime fiction and a must read for all Margaret Yorke fans. Even for someone who has never tried her books I would recommend giving it a go. I have read five of her books so far and enjoyed them all. They are not heavy books just a very enjoyable read with a surprising twist or two to them.
It has 314 pages and is Published by Time Warner ISBN: 07515 17720
Available on Amazon for £5.59
This review was published under my user name on Ciao last year. Happy Easter all!!
@CPTDANIELS April 2009