Quarter Past Two on a Wednesday Afternoon

by Linda Newbery

Crime / Mystery

Quarter Past Two on a Wednesday Afternoon Synopsis

It was the day when everything stopped. At quarter past two on a hot afternoon in August, Anna's beautiful, headstrong elder sister Rose disappears. Twenty years later, Anna still doesn't know whether Rose is alive or dead. In her early thirties now, she sees her future unfolding - with sensible, serious Martin and a grown-up, steady job - and finds herself wondering if this is what she really wants. Unable to take control of her life while the mystery of her sister's disappearance remains unsolved, Anna begins to search for the truth: what did happen to Rose that summer's day? The stunning first adult novel from the distinguished Costa Award winner.

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The Good Book Guide Review

This first novel for adults from award-winning children’s writer Linda Newbery is a powerful, deliberate and thought-provoking read. One summer’s afternoon in 1990, Anna pops to the shops, leaving her older sister Rose lounging under the pear tree in the garden. When she returns, Rose is gone, leaving only a glass upturned on the grass. With no sign of a break in, Anna searches her memory for clues, but her sister is never found. Twenty years on, Anna is struggling to settle down and find purpose in her life. She begins to go over old ground, contacting Rose’s friends on Facebook, and renewing the search for the truth. What really did happen on that August day? Absorbing and poignant, this accomplished novel explores the legacy of loss and the stranglehold of ignorance, asking how an individual can move on and find peace in the aftermath of tragedy.

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ISBN: 9780857522498
Publication date: 14/08/2014
Publisher: Doubleday an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780857522498
Publication date: 14th August 2014
Author: Linda Newbery
Publisher: Doubleday an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback
Genres: Crime / Mystery,

About Linda Newbery

Linda Newbery is the author of over twenty books for children and young adults, and lives in Northamptonshire with her husband and three cats.

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