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From the bestselling author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Take an ordinary, well-off family like the Prices. Watch what happens when one Sunday seventeen-year-old Hannah disappears without a trace. See how the family rallies when a ransom note demands half a million pounds for Hannah's safe return.

But it's when Hannah comes home that the story really begins.

Now observe
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Paperback, 330 pages
Published February 3rd 2005 by Vintage (first published 1996)
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Rachel
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Take an ordinary, well-off family like the Prices. Watch what happens when one Sunday seventeen-year-old Hannah disappears without a trace. See how the family rallies when a ransom note demands half a million pounds for Hannah's safe return. But it's when Hannah comes home that the story really begins. Now, observe what happens to a family when they lose their house, their status, all their wealth. Note how they disintegrate under the pressures of guilt and poverty and are forced to confront th ...more
Jane
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was the book chosen by my Book Group for this month. It did not get a vote from me, but that is the beauty of the book group, to read something different and it is a democratic choice. Put it this way, I would not have bought or picked this one up in a charity shop. For once, my instincts were right. I sometimes get a nice surprise but not this time.
Deborah Moggach is a well known writer of British fiction and has written screenplays. She has also been a journalist, writing for magazines an
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Plum-crazy
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Usually in a book, or on TV/film, the story generally ends once the kidnapped victim is found (dead or alive!)....so to read about the aftermath of the kidnap & how it affected the victim, her family & even the kidnappers themselves, made a refreshing change - I loved it!

It had me hooked from the start & I had to keep on reading as I couldn't workout how it might end.... ....& when it came it was unexpected - I do like an ending that surprises me! :o)

Jayne Charles
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a good 'what if' story: What if....your teenage daughter is kidnapped and a ransom demanded. What if, instead of involving the police, you find the money and pay it. And she comes back. But that isn't the end of it. Another excellent read from Deborah Moggach - she knows how to dramatise everyday life, and she writes with great wit and perception.
Elien
Dec 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was my first Moggach book, and I enjoyed it very much. It was an easy read, with well built-up characters, a great view on the subject of kidnapping, and not your average plot. Not your average kidnappers, either. I would recommend this for a cold night of cosily curling up under a blanket in front of the fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate.
Nicki
In the end I really enjoyed this but it did take while to get going. It's written very well with good characters that I didn't like at first. Its got a really interesting plot and makes me what to read more books by this author.
Sue
Jan 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Moggach has a fast-paced way with words that's quite amazing.
Evy
Sep 10, 2007 rated it liked it
Deborah Moggach writing is captivating from the starts to finish. It's full of suspence and she makes her characters wonderfully alive.
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Deborah Moggach is a British writer, born Deborah Hough on 28 June 1948. She has written fifteen novels to date, including The Ex-Wives, Tulip Fever, and, most recently, These Foolish Things. She has adapted many of her novels as TV dramas and has also written several film scripts, including the BAFTA-nominated screenplay for Pride & Prejudice. She has also written two collections of short sto ...more
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