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Quarter Past Two on a Wednesday Afternoon by Linda Newbery

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A renowned author of children and teenage novels has produced her first adult book. It’s excellent. The clues to a twenty year old family mystery are drip-fed to us through several related stories. The intrigue builds until at the end, all the secrets are out in the open. Swinging back and forth in time through various strands it is very cleverly constructed. A good story well told, you’ll love it.

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The Good Book Guide logo 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.
~ Susie Cogan


Quarter Past Two on a Wednesday Afternoon by Linda Newbery

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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Dark, scary, intriguing, I love it very much Simon Mayo

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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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14th August 2014


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Doubleday an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd


400 pages


Crime & mystery fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Thrillers (Children's / Teenage)



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