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Midnight Cactus by Bella Pollen

Midnight Cactus

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Author of the Richard and Judy Summer Book Club choice Hunting Unicorns with an even better book. Set in the heat and the wilderness of the Arizona Desert, this mixes an unlikely bunch of characters together in a tale of love, loss, obsession and loyalty. It's unexpectedly warm and witty while depicting the tough life of illegal immigrants and the ruthlessness of those out to expose them. Highly recommended.

Comparisons: Leif Enger, Nicholas Evans, Thomas Eidson.

If you like Bella Pollen you might also like to read books by Thomas Eidson, Babs Horton and Susan Fletcher.

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Midnight Cactus by Bella Pollen

'To the south lies Mexico. To the North you can see the flat plains and snow tipped peaks of the Patagonia Mountains . . . and in between is a strange and wild landscape representing a freedom so great that for a long moment, I find it hard to breathe.'

On the run from her claustrophobic marriage in London, Alice Coleman moves her two small children to a ghost town in the Arizona desert – and there finds an escape she hadn't thought possible.

But the mythic southwest has room for more than one fugitive. In the dusty, alien atmosphere, it seems that everyone – from Benjamín, the town's loyal caretaker, to the laconic and mysterious Duval – has something to hide. And as winter moves to scorching summer, what seemed idyllic turns deadly as Alice is drawn deeper into an obsessive quest for revenge.

Vivid and compelling, Midnight Cactus explores the tensions between unrealized dreams and the pull of family, until finally, in a blistering climax Alice is forced to decide just what she is willing to sacrifice to hold on to her freedom.

About the Author

Bella Pollen
Bella Pollen was brought up in the USA before moving to England. Formerly a fashion designer, she now writes full time and lives in London with her husband and four children. Pan published her first novel, All About Men, in 1998. B Movies, Blue Love is Bella's second novel.

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19th May 2006


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