In 1964 the eccentric American novelist Patricia Highsmith is hiding out in a cottage in Suffolk, to concentrate on her writing and escape her fans. She has another motive, too - a secret romance with a married lover based in London.
Unfortunately it soon becomes clear that all her demons have come with her. Prowlers, sexual obsessives, frauds, imposters, suicides and murderers: the tropes of her fictions clamour for her attention, rudely intruding on her peaceful Suffolk retreat.
After the arrival of Ginny, an enigmatic young journalist bent on interviewing her, events take a catastrophic turn. Except, as always in Highsmith's troubled life, matters are not quite as they first appear....
©2016 Jill Dawson (P)2016 Isis Publishing Ltd
An intriguing insight into a mind wired a little differently from the norm. Has made me want to read more of Jill Dawson AND Patricia Highsmith.
I am not usually a fan of fictionalised versions of real people...I had a tendency to break off to check if x or y event actually happened. This don't happen with this book because I found myself so engrossed in the world of Dawson's 'Pat' that the reality became irrelevant. I think that Highsmith might have enjoyed the book...while it's no 'Talented Mr. Ripley' (what is?)- the story is effortlessly suspenseful and has some intriguing things to say about the imagination and the way it impacts on our experience of the world. It is in no way as pretentious as that makes it sound!
This book was read brilliantly and I loved the concept of the story. I did not know that the main character Patricia and her friend Ronnie were actually real people, indeed well known writers! I feel more educated now. I have been able to enjoy the book twice as a result. The knowing gives the book greater weight. The snails were a delightful touch.
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