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The Long Shadow by Mark Mills
  

The Long Shadow

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A terrific story about revenge. Two school friends from private boarding school. Jacob’s parents are abroad so he is very much part of Ben’s family. They fall out; we know not why until the last chapters. They are very competitive as boys, lots of rugby, tennis, cricket, school life. We come across them again 25 years later when Ben is a struggling scriptwriter and Jacob, now Victor, a hedge fund billionaire. Ben is drawn into Victor’s life but something is not quite right.

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Synopsis

The Long Shadow by Mark Mills

Blood brothers or sworn enemies? You never forget what the fight was about...Ben Makepeace has barely thought of Jacob since school. What he remembers is a competitive, manipulative boy, impinging on his life like a cuckoo planted in a nest. Now Ben is the wrong side of forty with a young son to support and in need of a backer to bankroll his latest film script. A call to meet hedge-fund billionaire Victor Sheldon is promising, but there's a surprise in store - Victor is Jacob, now firmly entrenched in a gilded world of riches and glamour. History can cast a long shadow and while Ben believes his childhood is well over, he soon discovers the roots of the past dig deep, and some can't let it go.

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We have asked a select number of members and browsers to review The Long Shadow. You can read their reviews below.

Julie Bickerdyke - 'This is a well written, gripping story that holds your attention and doesn't disappoint.' Click here to read the full review.

Peter Land - 'Scary and tense, exciting, humorous, romantic and never letting the reader know what to believe and what to question, this is a great read.' Click here to read the full review.

Fiona Maclean - 'I’d recommend this book for holiday reading plus. It’s not hard to pick up – and the storyline is light enough to follow easily. But, it’s got enough intrigue and plot to be worthy of a more careful second reading – which is exactly what I will be doing.' Click here to read the full review.

Catherine Larner - 'This is a true page-turner of a summer read. The reader delights, with Ben, in the novelty of the extravagant lifestyle but all too soon realizes that nothing in life is free.' Click here to read the full review.

Les Warriner - 'An enthralling tale, which hinges as much on the past as it does on the present...The web of intrigue is brilliantly spun with both Ben and the reader driven between highs and lows - is it all too good to be true? Like me, you will have to wait to the end to discover whether there is a fairy tale ending, but it is well worth the wait.' Click here to read the full review.

Gill Wilmott - 'This is a agreeably interwoven story of past and present, and how one can come back to haunt the other...The whole book could be described as an example of the saying quoted by a minor character about two third through the book, “If something seems too good to be true, it usually is”. Click here to read the full review.

Victoria Sharman - 'I’m not sure about this book; it was an easy read and not too challenging but also a little weak and needed excitement to grab you.' Click here to read the full review.

Sam Lewis - 'A wonderful story on how someone can bear a grudge, and how a person’s childhood can have such an effect on later life.' Click here to read the full review.

Debbie Patrick - 'A good, well written, interesting book that is well worth the effort & time to read.' Click here to read the full review.

Jillian McFrederick - 'A good read, I would recommend this. As a holiday read it has a good mix of intrigue romance and danger, coupled with a style that flows and is easy to follow.' Click here to read the full review.

Michelle McKernan - 'A brilliant book in so many ways...I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys character-based books and those interested in how things from our past can creep up on us when we least expect it.' Click here to read the full review.

Ruth Paterson - 'I found this ode to early friendships and how the shadow can shape our future, to be well worth a read.' Click here to read the full review.

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Praise for Mark Mills:

A writer of real psychological acuity - his most richly textured work yet - Independent

A clever, teasy hybrid of genres and fraught with tensions about money, class and the super-rich. A taut, gripping psychodrama and a wonderful, twisted take on the 'wild divergences of contemporary Britain - The Spectator

An elegantly written and irresistible thriller - Mail on Sunday

I really enjoyed this book... The plot is excellent and as a reader we're not sure what is genuine and what is sabotage until near the end -- NewBooks Magazine

A sure grasp of character...An enthralling mystery, not least because the author's gift for an elegantly turned sentence is fully and generously in evidence - Express

About the Author

Mark Mills

Mark Mills graduated from Cambridge University in 1986. He has lived in both Italy and France, and has written for the screen. His first novel, The Whaleboat House, won the 2004 Crime Writers' Association Award for Best Novel by a debut author. His second, The Savage Garden, was a Richard and Judy Summer Read and a No. 1 bestseller. Under the name Mark B. Mills, he has written the comic novel, Waiting for Doggo. He lives near Oxford with his wife and two children.

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Publication date

27th March 2014

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Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group

Format

Paperback
464 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780755392346

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