Monday, 26 August 2013

Alys Always - Harriet Lane

Following a road accident a passerby stops to help. Unfortunately the victim of the accident doesn't survive.
As part of a new initiative the passerby is asked to meet the victim's family and at this point seems to slip into a new identity herself. The deceased's husband is a popular author, the passerby writes for a magazine in a very minor role and seizes the opportunity to make herself feel a little bit more important.
She gradually insinuates herself into the family, trusted by some, ignored somewhat by another and viewed at least warily by another.
It's spookily easy to imagine how a person might do this.
What's not so easy is the ending of the book.
Weirdly addictive reading though.

Publisher - Phoenix

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