May 2015 Book of the Month.
A riveting, powerful exploration of love, guilt, survival and how echoes of the past can clamour and cause confusion in the present. This is a story with a ferocious intensity that asks… just how far would you go in order to survive. Primarily about Robin and Paul, each with their weaknesses and strengths, it is the fleeting vivid glimpses of the background characters that binds and unites this story together. The author has the ability to explore humanity and in one sentence he can make you pause and consider. Kennedy paints a vibrant luminous picture with words and the fierce colour of Morocco is given life. Suspense builds, emotions are ripped asunder and you're left to explore the fragility of life in this clever, impactive tale. ~ Liz Robinson
Robin knew Paul wasn't perfect. But he said they were so lucky to have found each other, and she believed it was true. In the heady strangeness of Morocco, he is everything she wants him to be passionate, talented, knowledgeable. She is convinced that it is here she will finally become pregnant. But when Paul suddenly disappears, and Robin finds herself the prime suspect in the police inquiry, everything changes. As her grip on the truth starts to unravel, Robin lurches from the crumbling art deco of Casablanca to the daunting Sahara, caught in an increasingly terrifying spiral from which there is no easy escape. With his acclaimed ability to write page - turners that also make you think, Douglas Kennedy takes the reader on a roller-coaster journey into a heart of darkness that asks the question: what would you do if your life depended on it? Kennedy is a complete genius when it comes to understanding the minds of stylish but troubled women. (Daily Mirror). Kennedy is an absolute master at love stories with heart-stopping twists. (The Times). Kennedy's skill is to send you racing down the slope of sheer story. (Esquire).
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For accountant Robin, life resembles a balance sheet, but where her husband Paul is concerned, something doesn’t quite add up. The couple take a holiday in Morocco, Paul, an artist, filling his sketchbooks with drawings of a country he first knew many years earlier. Robin uses the break to perfect her French and learn a little about the culture, so different from that of her American homeland, but in the course of their stay, she discovers that Paul has a devastating secret. When Paul suddenly disappears from their hotel, apparently injured, Robin finds herself a suspect in the case; her troubles rapidly escalate, and she soon realises that their marriage has never been what it seemed. A chase cross the country in search of the truth culminates in terrifying events in the merciless Sahara desert, a gripping conclusion to a dramatic, if far-fetched, story.
Publication date: 23/04/2015
Publisher: Hutchinson an imprint of Cornerstone
|Publication date:||23rd April 2015|
|Publisher:||Hutchinson an imprint of Cornerstone|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Douglas Kennedy's previous novels include the critically acclaimed bestsellers The Big Picture, The Pursuit of Happiness, A Special Relationship and The Moment. He is also the author of three highly-praised travel books. The Big Picture was filmed with Romain Duris and Catherine Deneuve; The Woman in the Fifth with Ethan Hawke and Kristen Scott Thomas.His work has been translated into twenty-two languages. In 2007 he was awarded the French decoration of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and in 2009 the inaugural Grand Prix de Figaro. Born in Manhattan in 1955, he has two children and currently divides his time ...More About Douglas Kennedy