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The Obituary Writer by Lauren St.John
  

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Lauren St. John is the author of two popular children’s series but this is her first foray into adult fiction. As dramatic and romantic as the best soap operas, Nick’s survival seems to have given him terrifying paranormal powers and even as he begins to put his life back together in Cornwall and begins to fall for local beauty Sasha, he can’t quite escape the darkness. An enjoyable and emotional romp with a surprising twist at the end.

If you like Lauren St.John you might also like to read books by Curtis Sittenfield, Anita Shreve and Nicholas Sparks.

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Synopsis

The Obituary Writer by Lauren St.John

Nick Donaghue, a handsome young obituary writer for THE TIMES, leads a charmed existence until he is caught up in one of Britain's worst ever train crashes. When he survives unscathed, his friends and colleagues consider him the luckiest man alive. Only Nick knows the truth - that he is tormented by horrific nightmares. When they start to appear grimly prescient, his meticulously constructed urban life is derailed. Escaping to the wilds of Cornwall strikes him as the answer, especially after he becomes captivated by a beautiful woman and a tempestuous horse he sees playing on a beach. But when his nightmares return, they threaten his fragile new world. As Nick struggles to understand his dreams, his demons and, most dangerously of all, his passions, he realises that falling in love might come at a terrible price.

Reviews

It's interesting to see how a successful children's writer makes the transition to adult fiction, and St John pulls it off brilliantly - THE TIMES

Lauren St John's prose is warm and light and she keeps the plot trotting along ... St John's breezy evocation of Cornwall's rugged cliffs, sandy shores and gnarly yet good-hearted villagers gives it ample seasonal appeal. Moreover, the ending might surprise you. - DAILY MAIL

About the Author

Lauren St.John

Lauren St John was born in Gatooma, Rhodesia, now Kadoma, Zimbabwe. At 11, she and her family moved to Rainbow's End farm and game reserve, the subject of her acclaimed memoir, and she grew up surrounded by animals, including eight horses, two warthogs and a pet giraffe. After nearly a decade as golf correspondent to The Sunday Times, followed by a sojourn in the US, riding the tour buses of alt. country stars like Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and the Dixie Chicks, she wrote the bestselling 'White Giraffe' series. 'Dead Man's Cove', the first in her new mystery series about 11-year-old detective, Laura Marlin, won the 2011 Blue Peter Favourite Story and Book of the Year Awards.

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Publication date

22nd May 2014

Author

Lauren St.John

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Publisher

Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
368 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
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ISBN

9781409127949

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