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Shell House [Kindle Edition]

Gayle Eileen Curtis
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Book Description

Harry Rochester made a mistake. Forty years ago he abandoned his daughter who was convicted of a grisly crime. Wanting to right a wrong Harry makes contact with his daughter only to realise events of the past are glue that bind a family full of dark untold secrets.

Rebecca Banford, had another life and identity stolen from her as a child for a crime that labelled her a child killer. As a grown woman trying to move on with her life she discovers a father's call to bridge a relationship is like shaking the hand of death.

Is Rebecca willing to walk down a road full of mistrust and lies and embrace the girl she had been or will the secrets she's kept locked away finally be broken.

Shell House is a rare shocking, brutally honest novel of a family's struggle to cope with an ugly truth.

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  • File Size: 848 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,450 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT September 4, 2013
By T Payne
Shell House keeps you reading from the very first line. I read this book (purchased the paperback) in two days because I simply could not put it down. The story draws you in, keeps you there and won't let go. The way this author describes the characters and places is stunning. A brilliantly worked story line with twists that I did not see coming...very clever!
I loved this authors book 'Memory Scents' and that was one reason why I bought 'Shell House' I love this writers work. Brilliant and highly recommended.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! November 16, 2012
By hippyjo
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This was so thought provoking and the characters felt so real, it only took me 5 days to read it. There was a very clever twist at the end, not what I was expecting at all - but you'll have to download the book to find out what happens! I really can't understand the other review which said she had to keep going back to see what was happening as it was very clear from the start how the story was unfolding. Another excellent book from this very talented author!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very moving book May 28, 2014
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Highly recommended read. This book takes you on a journey through the highs and lows of Rebecca as she writes her "life story". She was convicted of murdering her neighbors' two young children at only 10 years old. After many years of being away from her father and brother, Johnathon she reunites with them and they look out for her and keep in touch frequently. She was born with the name of Gabrielle but in the Witness Protection program is now Rebecca. Her father Harry keeps a diary that Rebecca finds later in the book. She is met by her sponsor Rosa years later and finds the most shocking news of her entire life?? Read the very personal story of one woman's quest to live life as best you can under the most unnatural of circumstances. A+++
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4.0 out of 5 stars Different, but good August 24, 2014
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I began by being disappointed by the diary format, but once into the story was gripped in the tensions of it. It turned out to be an excellent read, I am so glad I stuck it out long enough! The twists were so surprising and the writing so clear and well done they were most unexpected. I did a double take in the final pages. The book left me hankering for a different run up to the end, but at the same time, satisfied with the ending. I would recommend the Shell House to people looking for an intense, out of the ordinary book. There is mystery, a great deal of heartbreak and sadness, but enough good, and happiness to expel the darkness I feel. Well written, true to life family conflict and undercurrents.
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4.0 out of 5 stars an emotional read August 23, 2014
By Viv
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This is a book that is very gripping and pulls you into a fascinating, sad and yet somewhat positive story about a woman whose life was marred by a terrible tragedy and how she and her family coped, or didn't cope with the event and it's consequences. This is a book I just had to keep reading even though it felt a little unrealistic at the end. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a story that makes you think about life and how different events affect your whole life!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Relationships between a lost child and her family November 9, 2014
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This book is about a child who was accused of killing two little boys and was sent away first to a juvenile facility and then when she turned 18 to prison. Her family disowned her. She changed her name and became a well known writer. She was on probation, she started looking for her dad.
This story was very touching and I did enjoy reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read June 6, 2014
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This book started out a bit slow but I kept reading while it developed the characters and I am so glad I did.
The plot is so different from all of the other books I've read it was good to read something so original.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book June 5, 2014
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The plot line and the narrative were unusual, but it was an excellent book. It was hard to put down once I began reading it.
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More About the Author

When I was fifteen, I remember watching a documentary about April Fabb. She went missing in Norfolk in the sixties, only her bicycle was found. To this day, no one knows what happened to her.I remember watching the pain of her family and how, many years on, her parents still expected to see her walk up the garden path. It has stayed with me ever since and is partly where the idea for Memory Scents came from. I have always wondered if it's better to know what happened to your child and what I would do in that situation? I would probably write love letters to my child in a desperate attempt to keep them alive...
I also read a lot about Mary Bell when I was younger. She killed two children in the fifties when she was just a child herself. I was intrigued to know what led her to these actions and the never ending question of nature versus nurture. Years later when I returned to a book written about Mary Bell, I came up with the idea for Shell House which is loosely based on her. My sister and I visited The Shell Museum in Glandford near Holt and I was fascinated by the glass cabinets filled with a lifetime of collecting. A few days later, I was going out for the day with a very dear friend and she asked if we could stop via the hospital where she worked, so that she could hand in some coursework. She said she might be a little while and did I want to come in and wait. I declined and told her I would buy a newspaper from the shop and was happy to sit and have a read. Whilst I was in the shop I bought a notepad and pen. As I sat in the warm car reading the paper, something began to form in my mind about The Shell Museum and Mary Bell and I began to write. Don't ask me how I connected the two because I have no idea! I see my books, in a strange way, as children and each one has a private name separate to the title. This is due to the fact that it usually takes me nine months to write a book and I feel that I go through a lot of similar emotions as it is growing and developing...I certainly experience the post natal emotions when I've finished a book! I'm happy, sad, bereft, exhausted, happy, sad, bereft, exhausted...!! So, it seems ironic that Shell House was conceived in the Queen Elizabeth's hospital car park in the car of a Midwife!
A few years ago a ginger cat arrived on our doorstep all the way from Northern Ireland. He has a very strange curly tail and a big personality (not uncommon in ginger cats) and he inspired me to try a new style of writing. His name is Mr. Wilfred Ginge and I quickly became his ghost writer (he struggles with writing having baked beans on his paws instead of fingers)and we began to write a weekly blog which can be viewed on our website It has recently been made into a book, Wilfred, Fanny and Floyd: Autobiographical Sketches of a Culinary Genius.
I enjoy the contrast between light and dark and both subjects suit me well. I am currently writing another psychological thriller similar to Memory Scents called Beneath the Miasma. This is about a sociopath and his twin sister and how they cope with the various events of their traumatic lives. Their father has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of their mother nearly thirty years after she went missing. Both of them have very different opinions about what happened and it threatens to ruin their lives and the lives of those around them. That's all I'm saying about it for now, I don't want to give too much away!
I am also writing another book alongside this called, Anonymous. Shell House has been described as a psychological portrait and Anonymous is along the same lines, although it is an entirely different story. This is about the mental health problems of a young woman who decides to give her baby away, leaving her husband to choose between the two of them. Like Shell House, it's very sad, so I am glad of the light relief that Wilfred's writing brings me!
We are represented by The Feldstein Agency and snippets of my work, and Wilfred's can be viewed there or on the website. All three books are available as ebooks at Amazon.

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