Midnight Cactus

by Bella Pollen

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LoveReading Expert Review of Midnight Cactus

I like her style, her wit and her pace.  The ending was a bit of a cop-out (see what you think) but it was certainly worth getting there.  Arizona, illegal immigrants, an English family in the middle of nowhere, lots of emotional entanglements and full of the unexpected.  I enjoyed it a lot.  Her Hunting Unicorns  was one of the early Richard and Judy Book Club choices, also highly recommended.

Similar this month: None but try Adrienne Dines.
Comparison: Leif Enger, Nicholas Evans, Joshilyn Jackson.

Sarah Broadhurst

Midnight Cactus Synopsis

'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 This Edition

ISBN: 9780330412698
Publication date: 6th October 2006
Author: Bella Pollen
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 448 pages
Primary Genre Modern and Contemporary Fiction
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ISBN: 9780330412698
Publication date: 06/10/2006
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About 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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