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The Facts of Life and Death by Belinda Bauer
  

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Another fine work by this author. Unusual for a thriller the police are not the main characters, it is the Devon seaside village of Limeburn and its inhabitants that dominate. The rundown community is beautifully portrayed with the mind-set of a ten year old particularly well done and it is her diary that helps unravel the story. We are told who the murderer is about two-thirds of the way through and given his scarred background. Eventually the sea becomes a huge factor in this impressive and highly absorbing tale.

If you like Belinda Bauer you might also like to read books by Val McDermid, Stephen Booth and Ingrid Black.


The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. The talented Belinda Bauer has made a mark as one of the most unusual (and unorthodox) crime writers. This is one of her most challenging, and demands more of the reader than some of her earlier books. A North Devon seaside community is fearing the effects of flooding, but a more pressing concern is a ruthless serial killer who is cutting a swathe through the vulnerable people in the community. Bauer is never afraid to tackle difficult issues, and this unrelenting novel is not an easy read; but those who have been following her career with interest need not hesitate.
~ Barry Forshaw

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Synopsis

The Facts of Life and Death by Belinda Bauer

'Call your mother.' 'What do I say?' 'Say goodbye.' This is how it begins. Lone women terrorised and their helpless families forced to watch - in a sick game where only one player knows the rules. And when those rules change, the new game is Murder. Living with her parents in the dank beach community of Limeburn, ten-year-old Ruby Trick has her own fears. Bullies on the school bus, the forest crowding her house into the sea, and the threat of divorce. Helping her Daddy to catch the killer might be the key to keeping him close. As long as the killer doesn't catch her first...

Reviews

'Gripping and original' Sunday Times Culture magazine

'There's a dizzying quality to her multi-layered narrative ... our most inventive crime writer' METRO

'Bauer at her best ... the true heir to the great Ruth Rendel'l MAIL ON SUNDAY (Thriller of the week)

'She writes so beautifully, plots so cleverly and exhibits a razor-sharp understanding of people and places' LITERARY REVIEW

'This gripping, unsettling tale blends a murder mystery with a blackly comic look at the gradual erosion of 'normal family life. You won't want to put it down' Bella

About the Author

Belinda Bauer

Belinda Bauer grew up in England and South Africa and now lives in Wales. She worked as a journalist and a screenwriter before finally writing a book to appease her nagging mother. With her debut, Blacklands, Belinda was awarded the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year. She went on to win the CWA Dagger in the Library for her body of work in 2013. Her fourth novel Rubbernecker was voted 2014 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Her books have been translated into 21 languages.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

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Belinda Bauer

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Hardback

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Thriller / Suspense
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9780593072783

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