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The Darkening Hour by Penny Hancock

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A dark, psychological thriller of obsession, dominance and murder, related by two women whose circumstances have forced them to rely on each other. One is the employer, middle-class and verging on instability; the other, her Moroccan maid is frightened of losing her position and becoming a virtual slave. The shock here is that the violence appears accidental and so the result on the two ‘ordinary’ women is startling. This is menacing stuff full of jealousy and resentment. She is a very intelligent writer.

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The Darkening Hour by Penny Hancock

A middle class woman at her wits' end. A struggling migrant worker with few options for survival. When tensions boil over, who will be the first to snap? Will it be Theodora, finally breaking under the pressure? Or Mona, desperate to find a way out?

About the Author

Penny Hancock

After several years in London, Penny Hancock now lives in Cambridge with her husband and three children. She is a part-time primary school teacher at a speech and language school and has travelled extensively as a language teacher. This is her first novel.

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30th January 2014


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Simon & Schuster Ltd


432 pages


Thriller / Suspense
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