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About Rosalind Minett
Rosalind writes psychological fiction -historical and contemporary.
During her career as a psychologist she worked with a wide variety of adults and children in very diverse settings, including some verging on dangerous. Now retired, she creates imaginary characters instead. Her understanding of how people think, learn, feel and behave drives her plots in everything she writes. She writes in different genres but each have plots driven by complex and sometimes unusual characters. Her writing is usually touched with humour and often with a dark edge. Her short stories have been performed in Bath and Bristol, UK, and others included in anthologies.
Instead of a photo to represent her, she prefers an avatar - Girl Before Word Processor - (with thanks to Picasso) This suits her background and personality. Its two faces suggest her two selves, the serious and the irreverent. They also refer to the watcher and the seen, the inner and the outer person, for it is being in the characters' heads that enriches her fiction.
Rosalind lives in the South West of England and loves scenic landscapes, sculpture, theatre and fine art, all of which can be found in and around Bath.
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Who does he think he is? Uncommon Relations is a twisty and engrossing series of psychological suspense.
Terry assumes he's much like any guy in his 20s but a weird encounter is about to shake him to the core! His safe, happy childhood, his loving wife, his safe job, will his emotionally risky search lead to uncovered truths that change everything he thought he knew? Terry's predictable life-style may be gone for good (or bad).
Transfixed by the unexpected sight of a double on his morning commute, Terry is about to change his humdrum life forever. Excited and disturbed by the mystery, he rushes home to tell his wife, but she's strangely avoidant, so he begins a search for origins in secret. Who is he, and is it too risky to find out? His predictable life becomes confusing, then bizarre. Soon it will become shocking. Terry's forced to re-examine what he'd previously believed were facts about himself, and his marriage.
Follow the many colourful characters in Part One of this "mesmerizing and penetrating" psychological domestic drama series. If you loved The Dilemma and Girl on a Train, this series is for you.
Who is at fault, and which of the many characters around Terry need to know?
"Book One of this captivating, but subtly disturbing psychological series will compel you to examine your conscience. Moral dilemmas, bizarrely humorous situations, a labyrinth of human mysteries propel you towards the next in the series." Amazon reader.
If you loved The Dilemma and Girl on a Train, this series is for you.
Compelled to uncover his roots yet seduced by the brighter life style of his newly-found twin, Terry has kept his two worlds apart. Now they've collided. His wife Gudrun's shocking revelations propel the second part of this domestic drama, leaving Terry to face excruciating dilemmas and a quagmire of problems. The colourful characters twist and turn him towards an unpredictable ending...which is not a final conclusion. Book Three explores it and takes all the characters further.
Part 4 of this fiercely addictive psychological series moves further from Terry's search for identity and his blighted marriage.
Innocent victim of a shameful deception, Terry has just escaped the worst : threat of public scandal. His home is up for sale and he has just returned from Milan. His boss sent him on an assignment there to escape sensational exposure in a sleazy magazine feature.Terry gratefully moves home to share his twin Gerry's lush apartment and now he aims to adopt more mature responsibilities. How else can he regain his self-esteem? But Gerry fears his presence is threatening his own hope of girl-friend Petra's loving commitment to him.
And more domestic drama is ahead. Terry's tense situation plunges his family into unexpected psychological dilemmas. Each member of the previously happy stable home down in Bournemouth has something and someone to protect from unexpected bombshells.
What should be told?
Who should be protected?
ABOVE ALL —
Why should they know?
Engage and empathise with the convincing characters as they wrestle with their private demons. Readers of domestic thrillers as well as readers of literary fiction will be captivated by this substantial and satisfying novel, fourth in the psychological suspense series. Rosalind Minett does not deal in weak endings!
Order your copy of Uncommon Relations: Why Should They Know, today.
TERRY'S MOTHER, WIFE, BROTHERS HAVE BETRAYED HIM. Who can he trust?
Terry has escaped a hounding by the press for a scandal, not of his making. Returning to Heathrow, he trusts interest has died down. He has another guilty secret. This one's about a wrong he's committed against his twin, and needs to put right.
First, he must follow his heart. He is hell bent on establishing contact with someone essential to his happiness. But new people he's about to meet may stand in his way, present new dilemmas, or even help him. Can he win them over and reverse the life-changing revelations he's been faced with?
Complex family relationships, hidden secrets, psychological tensions abound in Terry's world. So far, this domestic suspense series has been told from his point of view, now other characters face their dilemmas and show their colours. If there is power play, who will win?
Readers of Lisa Jewell, Celeste Ng and Natalie Barelli should love this series.
"Stunning writing this... Highly Recommended." San Francisco Review of Books.
Only the image of the secretly seen Cossack sabre has boosted Billy's imaginary power. Now he has only a photograph, then that mysteriously goes missing overnight. The sabre's story awaits discovery in the local manor house's library.
Billy settles with his new foster family and sturdily befriends his old poverty-stricken one, but then a family catastrophe causes a new threat from Kenneth, one that will affect both their futures.
Infiltration is a tale of rivalry, challenges and conflict. It follows a boy's growth into personal responsibility.
WAR THREATENS AT THE VERY SHORES OF HOME . . . With Hitler in Europe and devious cousin, Kenneth, at the doorstep, Billy's world is about to change.
Lonely Billy had longed for a playmate but when his chilly parents introduce his cousin, frail, artistic Kenneth soon makes his life a nightmare. Kenneth sets out to manipulate and torment him, Uncle Frank is an outright bully and Billy's parents only see Kenneth's porcelain looks, not his darker soul.The same emotions that enabled Hitler’s rise - envy over strength, desire for new territory - now ferment in the Wilson home.
Billy makes a secret discovery, the sighting of a precious Cossack sabre owned by his father's colleague. Billy comforts himself by imagining he has the sabre's power. As war becomes a reality, the sabre becomes an icon that sustains Billy through parental coldness, Uncle's bullying, separation, evacuation and hardship, and above all, against Kenneth's invasion of his personal space.
Were the adults to blame? The origins of a psychological war waged by one boy. The Prequel to the trilogy, A Relative Invasion.
A fateful rivalry erupts when two small boys meet in 1937 while World War Two threatens, and so begins the trilogy, “This well-executed emotional drama” (Historical Novel Society) explores the fateful relationship between Billy and his talented but devious cousin, Kenneth. The subsequent dramas within the Wilson family mirror the tensions and explosive situation in forties Europe.
But what happened in the family before the boys were born? Did the adults’ previous lives predetermine the dramatic outcome in Book Three - Impact? Either read the Prequel as a taster of what is to come, or - better - read it after the trilogy to judge the origins of retribution for yourself.
In this Prequel, the older generation give accounts of their pre-war life, each in their own words.
"This is Kenneth!" Who would predict a life-changing drama ten years after young Billy first meets his cousin?
As world war looms on the horizon, lonely Billy Wilson is delighted to learn his cousin is coming to live nearby. But frail, talented Kenneth proves to be a nightmare. Older, but smaller, devious Kenneth envies Billy's superior strength and home comforts. He manipulates and bests Billy at every turn. The four parents see only Kenneth's porcelain looks and perfect manners, oblivious to his psychological bullying.
Kenneth's desire for power and territory mirrors in micro the tensions in Europe
Billy's only protection is his secret symbol of power, a Cossack sabre. This has its own history on the Polish/German border at the start of WW1. During evacuation and wartime miseries, this icon inspires and sustains Billy as Kenneth increasingly invades every aspect of his life. Even after VE-Day, Billy cannot escape Kenneth's manipulations, especially as they are now living in the same house, developing very different talents and suffering London's post-war austerity. Soon adolescent tensions explode. The outcomes are dramatic, unpredictable and long-lasting.
Readers who enjoy a long read have the three books: Intrusion, Infiltration and Impact (1937-1951) in this coming-of-age trilogy
Buy now to discover how far retribution can stretch.
Second, expanded edition. Women of all ages are unlocked in this collection of witty short stories with a dark edge: Marian faces middle age with attitude and support knickers; sixteen-year-old Jess's date with good legs; Peggy fights for her first bra; post-war Elfreda frees herself at a First Feast. Discover Elaine’s encounter with a moral dilemma, a neurotic narrator’s self-enhancing theft, Pru’s ingestion, Daryl’s piscatorial impregnation and an unnamed beauty’s transmogrification. There's a loving mattress a mangy dog and a prosthesis, plus a lady who cannot admit to her name, let alone her age.
A young married man unexpectedly finds himself in a labyrinth of hidden identities and dark secrets.
Who is he? The shock of spotting his double during the morning commute prompts Terry's search about himself. His awkward wife, Gudrun, is oddly obstructive. While Terry dreams of transforming to a shinier life like his look-alike's, bizarre confrontations, uncovered secrets and personal shame follow his quest. Opening this Pandora's Box unleashes unruly forces, including his own. Guiltily, he attempts to share his discoveries with Gudrun but is confronted with her own dark secrets. Who is most at fault, and what mysteries remain? Book One of this captivating, but disturbing psychological series will compel you to examine your conscience. Moral dilemmas, bizarre situations and a labyrinth of human errors propel you towards the next book in the series. If you loved The Dilemma and Girl on a Train, this series is for you.
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