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The Girl in the Picture Paperback – September 4, 2018
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About the Author
Kerry Barrett was a bookworm from a very early age and did a degree in English Literature, then trained as a journalist, writing about everything from pub grub to EastEnders. Her first novel, Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, took six years to finish and was mostly written in longhand on her commute to work, giving her a very good reason to buy beautiful notebooks. Kerry lives in London with her husband and two sons, and Noel Streatfeild’s Ballet Shoes is still her favourite novel.
- Publisher : HQ Digital (September 4, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0008312591
- ISBN-13 : 978-0008312596
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,063,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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A horrific accident takes place on a warm evening of September 1855 in a quiet and small town of Sussex. Frances and Edwin Forrest are attacked in front of the family home, in the result - Edwin is found dead, heavily beaten Frances survives, and so is her unborn child. However, another mystery hangs over the peaceful town of Sussex - Forrest's young next door neighbor Violet Hargreaves goes missing that very same evening.
One hundred and fifty years later, Daniels family of four moves into a charming house at the beach in a lovely little town of Sussex. During their first evening, Ella, who is also a mystery novel writer, sees a figure in an attic window. But she brushes it off. Days go by, and Ella learns about a tragic accident that happened next door many many years ago, and of a disappearance of a young girl who lived in their house. As they settle in, Ella decides to clean up an attic and built her study in there. In a process, she discovers a hidden door in the wall, and behind it, Ella finds many sketches, a dairy and a picture of a very beautiful girl, Violet Hargreaves. Was the figure in an attic window during family's first evening in the house just Ella's imagination? Ella Daniels is on a mission to resolve a 150-year-old case.
I will tell you the truth, I was pleasantly surprised by the book. A puzzling story, amazing characters, remarkable discoveries. A very easy and fast read. Perfect for any mystery lover.
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Like all really good novels, it nods to great stories that have come before but draws you into its own original and exciting world.
The way the story seamlessly teleports from modern day to Victorian settings, and from life to art, reminds me of 'Possession'. The way the mystery is unravelled by the narrator connecting to a voice from the past is just as expertly done as 'The Secret Scripture'. Like that book, and like a few of Margaret Attwood's, 'The Girl in the Picture' is brilliant at updating legends we all know to create heroines out of previously voiceless characters.
And at the heart of this novel are two heroines you can't help but admire. One tells a tragic, Hardy-esque tale of doomed love and injustice. The other is contemporary and vibrant, facing obstacles of motherhood, career change and ageing parents, but also turning sleuth.
I'd highly recommend this: detective fiction, historical fiction, powerful, moving, thrilling, sometimes comic, always very human. I hope Kerry Barrett's novels come out in hardback and paperback, because I want to own them and pass them on!