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Lay Me Down

by Nicci Cloke

Lay Me Down Synopsis

What if the past won't let you go? London: 31st December, midnight. For Elsa and Jack, a stolen kiss becomes a shot at real happiness. Eight months later, they board a plane to begin a new life in San Francisco, where Jack has found his dream job working on the Golden Gate Bridge. But this is not your average boy-meets-girl love story, for Jack's new job comes with an extraordinary obligation. No one told him about the Jumpers - the men and women who try to leap from the bridge to their deaths every year. One in particular begins to haunt Jack, bringing back memories he thought safely buried. As he becomes more and more preoccupied, and Elsa, alone in a new city, becomes increasingly isolated, both retreat into their pasts, back down the paths that led them to that New Year's Eve. And the fragile love between them starts to unravel...

The Good Book Guide Review

When Jack and Elsa meet on a cold London night, they little dreamed that eight months later they would be blissfully happy, living together in California where Jack has landed his dream job working on the Golden Gate Bridge. What they hadn’t realised was that his job also involved trying to prevent the ‘jumpers’ throwing themselves off the bridge. A dark episode from Jack’s past is reawakened by one of the ‘jumpers’, and his relationship with Elsa starts to falter, as he realises you can bury memories but you will never be truly free of them. This is a harrowing, but gripping love story where one event from the past shapes a young couple’s lives.

Lay Me Down Press Reviews

An emotionally powerful, highly charged story... a fascinating story with an intriguing premise * CultureFly * Beguiling... An absorbing, entertaining read: one that will see you nicely through a few long dark evenings * A Life in Books * A must-read novel * Prima * A book to watch * Elle * An addictive page turner * Closer * A masterfully written novel, by turns sparkling and melancholic, with vivid characters and painfully beautiful imagery * Morgan McCarthy, author of The Other Half of Me * Brilliant * Good Housekeeping * Evocative...Flitting between their separate pasts and precarious shared present, Cloke weaves a tale whose opacity feels pleasingly apiece with its foggy backdrop. -- Hephzibah Anderson * Daily Mail *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099593652
Publication date: 19th February 2015
Author: Nicci Cloke
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 448 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Nicci Cloke

Nicci Cloke was born in Cambridgeshire in 1986. She is the author of Someday Find Me, and the co-producer of literary salon Speakeasy, and online story series 1,001 Nights. Before writing novels, she was in charge of permissions at Faber, where she negotiated with people who wanted to put Plath on stamps or translate Eliot into Pirate. Since becoming a writer, she has also worked as an elf, a waitress in a cocktail bar, and a nanny. She lives and writes in London.

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