The neighbours say that Beth eats dirt from the flowerbeds, and that smoke rises from her lawn. By the end of the year, she is dead. A decade later her son, Vincent, treated like a bad omen by his father George, is living in a pleasant suburb miles from Blackmoor. There the bird-watching teenager stumbles towards the buried secrets of his mother's life and death in the abandoned village.
©2008 Edward Hogan; (P)2008 WF Howes Ltd
I was almost put off by the summary of this book which makes it sound weird but I took a chance as I knew it would be very well read by Nick Boulton. His readings are a delight and this is well worthy of the full five stars.
The book itself was not weird as I had feared. It gradually and convincingly reveals the events leading up to a woman's death and gives insights into the lives of those around her who live on. It's set against the almost apocalyptic vision of a mining village shattered by the effects of the miners' strike.
The book doesn't get such a high rating as the reading but it's a good satisfying listen.
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