The Long Shadow
As the nights draw in, Imogen finds her home filling up with unexpected ...more
Imogen is grieving for her husband, and at the same time getting used to her new life, when family descend on her house, self-invited, for the Christmas holiday, including his previous wife.
As with the best mysteries, it’s difficult for the reader to predict where the story is heading; are there any suspicious circumstances about the death? As the guests outstay their welcome, Imogen is at her wits’ end, struggling ...more
Imogen's husband dies in a crash, a mysterious young man keeps accusing her of killing him and Imogen's house is suddenly full of family and strangers. Through a series of odd and often unsettling ...more
There are a lot of interesting elements to be found here, and the mystery was done well, but there was an element of predictability to it; I guessed ...more
My problem with Fremlin was entirely with tone and pacing -- first, she seemed to be ...more
Thank you to Joanna at Faber & Faber for this wonderful surprise and for inviting me to be part of the tour.
I am not a friend of Christmas. I don’t enjoy the holiday, I don’t like the compulsory family reunion, I steer clear of themed books with cinnamon rolls and happy endings.
In a nutshell, whenever I read the word “Christmas”, I run the other way.
So why am I reviewing a book with “Christmas” written in red on the cover? Because of the difference. Of course, when I began reading, I had...more
Imogen Barnicott is slowly beginning to accept her widowhood. It’s been 4 months since her husband, Ivor’s, sudden death in a car crash and, although he was egotistical, selfish, demanding and unfaithful she misses him. Imogen feels awkward and very conscious of being alone and no longer one of a couple.
However, she realises how much Ivor would have loved being dead as letters and fulsome tributes arrive and even she can’t keep the thought hidden that ‘Please God don’t let me ever forget what a ...more
There are 26 chapters in this book, 24 of which written in that unmistakably Celian style, wondrous narrative embossed by psychological humour and wit that inhabit every sentence and dialogue.
The carnival of ...more
Imogen is recently widowed and it attempting to get her life back on track. Her friend Myrtle is encouraging her to get out of her house, but Imogen is reluctant. She feels as though being a ‘widow’ is becoming her identity. Her step-children Robin ...more
Although there is nothing particularly innovative about ...more
The story involves a widow whose husband, a revered academic, has recently died in a car crash. As Christmas approaches her home becomes overrun with family, ...more
There was a small bio included at the end ...more
Fremlin's tense driven book is easy to read and a very good analysis of friends and family of the late Ivor but the ending was a little bit of a let down...