A Narrow Door: The electric psychological thriller from the Sunday Times bestseller

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A Narrow Door: The electric psychological thriller from the Sunday Times bestseller

A Narrow Door: The electric psychological thriller from the Sunday Times bestseller

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I regret that I couldn’t read it before publication, but I’m so grateful that my request was approved anyway. He represents the unknown, the unconscious, Death – and the young Becky projects onto him the responsibility for her brother’s disappearance.

This is the last of a trio of novels set in St Oswald’s Grammar School (GENTLEMEN AND PLAYERS and DIFFERENT CLASS), featuring Roy Straitley, the elderly and quixotic Latin Master, and his personal battle against Suits, e-mail, parents and the passage of time. First Acheron, where the woes of creepy, spooky, menacing images of Becky’s childhood haunt the page. This is a recurring idea in my books, in which children are seldom innocent, but exist in a secret, savage world of their own. Thus one of the main themes of the book is that of being a woman, and what a woman’s role in society entails. It is made clear that appointing a woman to this role is quite shocking in such a traditional setting.

Of course, Freud would have had a lot to say about the tunnel as an image; in this case, it’s one of repression – the repression of memory, of sexuality, of feelings. This actually didn’t matter that I hadn’t read either of the previous books, I quite happily read this as a standalone. The story unfolds as they reveal their stories to each other and the reader is drawn deep into the complex events of the past.

I like to think that even an old stickler like Straitley has the capacity to understand that our children can teach us as much as we teach them. Roy wants to know the truth, and Rebecca wants to tell: her brother's story, Conrad, the ghost who never left her family; as a young teacher in men's school; and a liar husband! This is a story that felt so incredibly real, which such a delicious building tension, that I thought about it almost constantly when I wasn’t reading it. The book can be read as a standalone, but if you need them, there are summaries of the previous books here.Q: How much of this was based on your experience as a young female teacher in a boys’ grammar school? If you enjoyed the previous novels, set at St Oswald's, then you should also find this an interesting addition to the story.

All of these books have at their heart the idea that the past controls what we do; shapes who we are, and cannot be hidden away for good. As is to be expected in a thriller: breadcrumbs are dropped before reveals are made; certain characters turn out to be not quite what they seemed; memory skews what later pulls threads together; and our main narrator proves she is not averse to underhand measures to get her way. Loved this one every bit as much as the first two - pity it has been such a long time coming that I had lost track of the characters to a certain extent but still a great read - 9/10.The various experiences that Ms Buckfast underwent during her teens and twenties simply failed my verisimilitude test, and I found the credibility gap simply too wide. The books featured on this site are aimed primarily at readers aged 13 or above and therefore you must be 13 years or over to sign up to our newsletter. Lielāka problēma par galvenās varones personību izrādījās tā, ka, kašņājoties pa GR, es nejauši sev nospoiloju galveno intrigu, biju tik dusmīga uz sevi! I thought about talking more about the actual story, but it's too complex and skilfully woven to describe without giving too much away.

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