The Two Houses: a gripping novel of buried secrets and those who hide them (Paperback)Fran Cooper (author)
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'Superbly written and utterly gripping' Daily Mail
After an acclaimed career in ceramics, Jay herself has cracked. Recovering from a breakdown, she and her husband Simon move to the desolate edges of the north of England, where they find and fall in love with the Two Houses: a crumbling property whose central rooms were supposedly so haunted that a previous owner had them cut out from the building entirely.
But on uprooting their city life and moving to the sheltered grey village of Hestle, Jay and Simon discover it's not only the Two Houses that seems to be haunted by an obscure past. It becomes increasingly clear that the villagers don't want them there at all - and when building work to make the two houses whole again starts, a discovery is made that will unearth decades-old secrets . . .
But who in this village has been hiding them?
'Atmospheric with a wonderful cast of characters that prove the depth of Cooper's empathy and talent. Eerie, evocative and captivating . . . A total triumph.' Tor Udall, author of A Thousand Paper Birds
Praise for These Dividing Walls:
'Beautifully written' Prima
'Unforgettable' Hannah Rothschild
'Confident and brilliant' Lisa O'Donnell
'Fine writing . . . Cooper's expertly realised characters, both sympathetic and not, have stories interwoven with aplomb' Daily Mail
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 215 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm
Atmospheric with a wonderful cast of characters that prove the depth of Cooper's empathy and talent. Eerie, evocative and captivating, the tension is built masterfully and keeps you guessing as a city couple try to unearth the secrets of an isolated community. The writing is blindingly good. A total triumph. -- Tor Udall
You'll find yourselves gripping the book as you race towards the thrilling finale * East London Guardian *
Fran's brilliance lies in her ability to explore the everyday - the seemingly unremarkable lives of individuals. To burrow behind the opposing, uplifting, unpleasant, defiant thoughts of her characters and glimpse the world from a different point of view * The Pool *
Atmospheric * Woman's Weekly *
Confident and brilliant -- Lisa O'Donnell on THESE DIVIDING WALLS
Beautifully written -- Nina Pottell on THESE DIVIDING WALLS
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