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3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  12 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
With London in the grip of a heat wave, a man takes refuge from the scorching sun in a nearby tea shop, only to share his table with a stranger who seems determined to make conversation. Too polite to ignore him, he becomes his reluctant confidant, as harmless small talk gives way to dark memories. "Missing" is the first of three unsettling stories of guilty secrets, past ...more
Paperback, 109 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Hesperus Press
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Sep 08, 2008 Carolyn rated it really liked it
"'When I say "tender mercies,"' he explained, 'I don't mean that my sister would have been left penniless, even if Miss Dutton or nobody like her had come into the house. There was money of my own, too, though, owing to what I need not explain' -- he half swallowed his words -- 'not much.' He broke off. 'It seems as if we are in for a bit of a thunderstorm. But I'd sooner it was here than down my way. When you're alone in the house you seem to notice the noise more.'"
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Sep 22, 2016 Cooper Renner rated it liked it
In terms of writing style, four stars. Two interesting character studies as monologue, more or less, and one very fine "horror" story.
Mar 30, 2016 robyn rated it liked it
Three short stories. The first was a little bit incoherent and left me cold. But the second two:

The Almond Tree, told by an elderly narrator, is about an affair as seen through the eyes of a child. It struck me because it's not certain that it was an actual affair, perhaps just emotional and intellectual, due to the 'spiritual' nature of the young lady who is a friend of the child's father. But her culpability and unthinking selfishness strikes me SO forcibly, as an adult reader. I'm so hostile
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Mar 25, 2016 Jonathan rated it really liked it
Shelves: translated-lit
Spooky little tales, very British. All slow burners.
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