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The Dark Rose: A Novel Hardcover – Bargain Price, February 2, 2012
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Kelly follows up her outstanding debut (The Poison Tree, 2010) with another suspenseful tale that keeps the reader on edge until the last page. Quiet and troubled teenager Paul has become tangled up with hooligan Daniel, and the two of them get rich selling scrap metal they’ve ripped off from construction sites around Essex. When a run goes bad, leaving a man dead, Paul rats out Daniel in exchange for community service. He’s placed with a social-services group renovating a public garden, where he meets the mysterious Louisa. Louisa is tormented by her past; as a goth teen, her volatile relationship with a musician ended badly, and she’s blamed herself for the past 20 years. Despite their age difference, Paul and Louisa start an affair. Trying to hide their relationship while escaping their pasts proves to be too challenging for the lovers; a bad end seems inevitable, but there is considerable tension as it approaches. Reminiscent of early Ruth Rendell, Kelly is a master at teasing her readers by doling out just enough backstory, a little bit at a time, to keep the suspense high. --Rebecca Vnuk
—Maureen Corrigan, NPR.org
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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Anyway, I'm anxious to read Erin Kelly's other books now that I've read this one.
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2 tragic characters whose lives and tragedies become entwined.
A suspenseful tale.
This was my third book by Erin Kelly, and in my opinion, the weakest. BURNING AIR, I felt, was the most engaging, despite POISON TREE getting all the...Read more