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ABOUT
THE BOOK

Cora carries secrets her daughter can’t know. Freya is frightened by what her mother leaves unsaid. Angel will only bury the past if it means putting her abusers into the ground.
One act of violence sets the three women on a collision course, each desperate to find the truth. In a nail-biting thriller set between the scorched red soil of South Africa, the pitiless snowfields of Canada and the chilly lochsides of western Scotland, each woman must contend with the spectres of male violence, sexual abuse and the choices we each make to keep our souls.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Margie
Orford

Margie Orford was born in London and grew up in Namibia. A Fulbright Scholar, she was educated in South Africa and the United States, has a doctorate in creative writing from the University of East Anglia and is an honorary fellow of St Hugh’s College, Oxford. She is an award-winning journalist who has been dubbed the Queen of South African Crime Fiction. She is President Emerita of PEN South Africa and was the patron of Rape Crisis Cape Town while she lived in South Africa. She now lives in London. Photo Credit: Jonathan Ball

Margie Orford was born in London and grew up in Namibia. A Fulbright Scholar, she was educated in South Africa and the United States, has a doctorate in creative writing from the University of East Anglia and is an honorary fellow of St Hugh’s College, Oxford. She is an award-winning journalist who has been dubbed the Queen of South African Crime Fiction. She is President Emerita of PEN South Africa and was the patron of Rape Crisis Cape Town while she lived in South Africa. She now lives in London. Photo Credit: Jonathan Ball

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NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

Having become used to the crime novels written by Margie Orford, this novel came as a surprise as it it different in that it deals with dark issues but not from a police procedural perspective. The issue of gender-based violence, women abuse and male violence is a topical and ongoing issue. The use of language to convey the state of mind of the characters depcited in the novel is masterfully done and as the 3 women’s stories converge, one feels an ever growing sense of menace in the story. While different from her Clare Hart books, the writing remains of a high standard and the sense of uneasiness lingers with one long after the book ends.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
07/07/2022
Country
South Africa
Original Language
English
Author
Publisher
Canongate Books
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