Examining the consequences of rape in a middle-class family, the author of Criminal Damage and Dangerous to Know offers a stylish novel of psychological suspense, intense guilt, destruction, and shocking revenge.
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Yorke (Criminal Damage) sure-handedly demonstrates her command of suspense writing in this thought-provoking tale-with-a-twist of a crime and its aftermath. Janet Jarvis was at a night school class when two thieves broke into her home in the English village of Bicklebury. They frightened and tied up her husband, Derek, and one raped her college-age daughter, Hannah. Hannah, who alone fought back, later says, "The thing that really bugs me is Dad.... He didn't try to help me." The men are caught and imprisoned, but the impact of their actions lives on. Hannah, struggling with depression and an inability to form intimate relationships, moves to Scotland to work on a nature reserve. The Jarvis marriage crumbles, and Janet sets out to work in an economy that does not welcome middle-aged ex-housewives. Meanwhile Derek, the unhappy object of Hannah's contempt and rejection, crafts a plan for revenge that will restore his bruised manhood?as soon as Hannah's rapist finishes his too-brief prison sentence. Without sacrificing entertainment to message, this absorbing, utterly unsentimental narrative reminds us that behind crime-related headlines live real people whose futures are marked by the crimes' effects.
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Veteran British crime writer Yorke's most recent book is a riveting tale about the devastating effects of violence. When Hannah Jarvis is brutally raped during a burglary, she is physically and emotionally devastated, not only by the rape itself, but also because her father failed to protect her. In the aftermath of the crime, Hannah moves to an isolated Scottish village and severs all ties with her father; her parents, Derek and Janet, divorce; and the Jarvis family is virtually destroyed. When the rapist is freed from prison several years later, Derek determines to avenge his family and extract his own measure of revenge for the terrible devastation the rapist has wrought. In a completely unexpected, thoroughly satisfying climax, Derek shows how one man confronts and banishes evil with dignity, resourcefulness, and ingenuity. Yorke's low-key but riveting writing, a cleverly conceived plot, complex and appealing characters, and a thoughtful and provocative commentary on the devastating effects of violence add up to an outstanding thriller. Emily Melton
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Descripción Little, Brown, 1994. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 316909246
Descripción Little, Brown, 1994. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0316909246