Ten years later, lovely, childlike and sedated, Effie seems the ideal wife. But something inside her is about to awaken.
Drawn by her lover, Mose, into a dangerous underworld of intrigue and blackmail, she meets Fanny Miller, the brothel-keeper, and her shadowy daughter, Marta - murdered ten years ago on the day of Henry's weekly visit...And as friendship becomes possession and Henry's secret past is revealed, Effie and Marta plan their revenge together.
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By Dr on 25-03-13
Sleep, Tired Reader
Joanne Harris has written some books I have loved and some I have absolutely loathed - this is definitely in the latter category. I lost all interest well before a quarter of it was finished and only got to the end through sheer determination. I disliked all of the characters and really didn't care what happened to any of them. If you suffer from insomnia it might help because it is so boring; nothing much happens apart from drug-induced fantasies issuing from the brains of several psychologically-flawed and unpleasant characters. The one star is given for the narrator. Steven Pacey tries his best but he can't work miracles.
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By Amazon Customer on 17-10-16
Brilliant; but macabre.
Talented author. No one wins in this story. I thought too it was a difficult piece for the narrator. He did 100% well. Narrator was a good choice to read this difficult piece. I would like to see authors like D Harkness read some of this author's works to get a feel of what real story writing is about. This story is a bit occult, a bit cliff-hanger, a bit insight into how women could be seen as belongings, & a bit about the predatory nature of the psyche in all of us (male or female).