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Daniel is a mild mannered bank manager and when his boss asks him to `do a favour' for his friend, Daniel reluctantly agrees to a financial arrangement with Arthur but once the favour is done there is a link between them that is impossible for Daniel to break.
Robert and Tom are practically identical - same height, same hair, equally good looking - but Tom never had the same confidence as his older brother, and for that reason, he is in awe of him. When Robert's girlfriend, Michelle, tells him that she's pregnant, Robert disappears leaving Tom to clean up his mess. As Tom spends time with Michelle, reassuring her that she is not alone in this, the both begin to fall in love. But is Michelle settling for second best? Is Tom losing himself in what should have been his brother's life? Sixteen years later, without warning, Robert comes home and Tom has to find the courage to stand against the brother he idolized.
Jean seems the perfect wife and mother but she struggles to love her daughters whose material comforts mask emotional neglect. When the youngest daughter, Susan, brings 'shame' on the family, Jean can think of only one response. She has to make the problem disappear. Finding the strength to stand up to her mother for the first time in her life, Susan does the only thing that she can to save her baby. What Susan doesn't realise is that her mother's emotional distance hides a dark secret of her own. Examining the divide between generations, between mothers and daughters, this emotionally charged novel asks whether we can ever truly understand another, however close our ties.
Families are never quite as simple as they seem. When Susan brings shame on the family, her mother can think of only one response. But it might just push Susan over the edge. What Susan doesnt realise is that her mothers emotional distance hides a dark secret of her own.
Ellen never knew what hit her. But when a drunk driver runs a red light her life is over in an instant. Her small daughter survives - and Ellen, hovering in the borderland between life and the afterlife, can only watch as her loved ones try to pick up the pieces without her. Her husband Marc, struggling with being a single parent. Naomi, her little girl, blaming her mother for leaving her. And Ellen's mother, full of guilt, slowly falling apart. Ellen isn't ready to let go. She doesn't want to say goodbye. She is confused, angry and hurting for her family and herself. And that's where George comes in. He is her guide through her confusion as she witnesses the devastation among the living. With George at her side Ellen learns that even though she is dead she is not helpless. There are things that she can do from beyond the grave to influence what happens in the world she left behind. But George is new to his `job', and has issues of his own. A working arrangement starts to become something neither of them expects. It is only after death that life can be fully understood.