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Publication Date: Sept. 28, 2021
Categories: Crime and ThrillersISBN: 9781913913328
In the blink of an eye, Rachel Vincent can be anywhere. It’s easy for her because she’s dead. But what she can’t do is join the others in the warmly lit room beyond the glass and be at peace, until she remembers what happened to her on the day she died. Who killed her, and why?
Her three-year-old daughter Molly was the only witness to the murder. She has buried all memories of the trauma, but after she and her father Ben move to rural Wales, she begins to be troubled by disturbing nightmares. Ben contacts Inspector Gardiner, who had been responsible for the murder case, and she suggests Molly sees a child psychologist.
As Rachel, in the spirit world, starts to confront the events that led up to her death, she drops memories into Molly’s dreams. But who is the man with the tiger-butterfly tattoo who called at the house and became angry when Rachel refused to let him in? And why does Molly draw a picture of this man kissing her mummy by a Christmas tree? These memories cause Ben to confront his own demons. What secrets did his wife keep, he wonders, in those months before she was murdered?
Elizabeth Diamond has been widely published in poetry journals and has a collection entitled Windfalls Weighing Down the Heart, which was written as part of her submission for an MA in Creative Writing from Glamorgan University, Wales, during which her private tutor was the renowned Welsh poet, Gillian Clarke. After the MA, Elizabeth switched her focus to writing prose and has had two novels published by Picador, An Accidental Light, and Underwater. An Accidental Light was also sold in the US and Germany and was translated into German as Aus dem Nichts. Elizabeth would describe herself, amongst other things, as being a survivor. She has overcome a difficult childhood, poverty as a young single mother of two sons, and has battled with a stammer and depression. Now in her sixties, she is happy and comfortable in her own skin and uses her life experience in writing about characters ‘on the edge’ of their lives. She lives in Devon, only a short walk from the sea. She enjoys painting seascapes and animals in acrylics and has sold a number of her ‘fish paintings’ in her local town.
Barney Swift (Guest Review) - 10 Oct, 2021
A very gripping and intelligent read. Beautifully and sensitively written. This writer's style brought Kate Atkinson to mind, but even better. Don't know why she's not better known.