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An Unknown Woman Paperback – March 10, 2015
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About the Author
Jane Davis is the author of seven novels. Her debut, Half-truths and White Lies, won the Daily Mail First Novel Award and was described by Joanne Harris as 'A story of secrets, lies, grief and, ultimately, redemption, charmingly handled by this very promising new writer.' The Bookseller featured her in their 'One to Watch' section. Six further novels have earned her a loyal fan base and wide-spread praise. She is regularly compared to more seasoned authors such as Kate Atkinson and Maggie O’Farrell. Writing magazine described her work as 'exemplary' and named An Unknown Woman their Self-published Book of the Year. Jane's favourite description of fiction is ‘made-up truth’. Jane lives in Carshalton, Surrey with her Formula 1 obsessed, beer-brewing partner, surrounded by growing piles of paperbacks, CDs and general chaos. When she is not writing, you may spot Jane disappearing up the side of a mountain with a camera in hand. To learn more about Jane and keep in the loop on her current projects: Visit her website: www.jane-davis.co.uk and subscribe to her newsletter 'Like' her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JaneDavisAuthorPage Follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/janerossdale Follow her on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/janeeleanordavi/boards/
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Top Customer Reviews
But what she finds there, as she unearths a family secret, ensures that life will never be the same again. An Unknown Woman is about identity, belonging and family. Jane Davis is an assured writer and is particularly skilled at characterisations and creating a sense of place. Her sharp observations of modern day Liverpool, a city I know well, invoked such a sense of place that the city itself became a character.
This novel is a moving tribute to the unrealised potential of all those mothers from earlier generations, who set aside their own career aspirations so that women, like me, could go out into the world and lead a different kind of life.
The title An Unknown Woman refers to a painting in the museum where Anita works, but as she discovers over time, the phrase also refers to her, an anonymously published book, and her own mother. The character has to wonder how she missed so many clues and what they mean for her future now that her loved ones’ secrets are revealed. The author has a deft touch resulting in a raw and emotional novel which kept me glued to the page. This book deserves to be as widely read as Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train and, although not a thriller, it will probably be enjoyed by readers of those titles. Highly recommended.