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Meanwhile Frank has just married a young Thai woman and as a wedding gift is told by his boss that he can use his apartment free of charge as a wedding present. Frank and Joy arrive at their destination--then things start to get strange--very strange.
What I think I found most interesting was the differences in the cultures. Frank, who didn't understand Thai or the Thai culture travels with his wife to her home and was thrown into a position where he felt useless. Very much in love with his new bride he rides it all out. Her family ignores him. I'm not sure but part of it could be that they weren't considered married. It wasn't until they were married by Buddhist priests that Joy finally overcomes her very deep depression and hallucinations--and the family is finally semi happy at any rate!
Finally back in England the loose ends are pulled together and apologies and amends are made.
What happens next, I can only describe as a nightmare for Joy as a succession of chilling events threatens to destroy their romance. Strange whisperings and taunts, followed by sightings of hideous masked creatures instil a terror in the young woman which Frank finds hard to deal with at first. But the holiday gets worse as the couple are stalked by unknown tormenters and publicly humiliated, to the point where they are driven from their sanctuary. I enjoyed the descriptions of Spain, a country I have spent holidays in myself so I could instantly relate to some of the places.
Alas, this poor couple have no escape. Joy sinks deeper into depression and suffers a breakdown until they eventually they flee to her homeland in Thailand to spend some time with her family. Frank will do anything to help her through this and it is very clear how much he loves her. I knew very little about Thailand and its traditions before I read this, so this book was both enlightening and interesting.
I think this book has huge potential though unfortunately there are flaws in the writing; numerous typos such as speech marks not being closed off, misplaced commas and full stops, not to mention several spelling errors. I also thought it could be more tightly written. It dragged at times with too much detail about their personal lives, so much so, it read like a diary at times. For example, did we really need to know how many times ‘Frank had another beer’ which got very repetitive. I think this book would really benefit from a professional edit and the cover too could be improved it the author wants this title to be successful.
All in all an entertaining read.