'A long, oily blackness punctuated by quick, vivid dreams . . . They were all just dreams. She couldn't possibly see these things, could she? Her eyes were closed. And if they really happened, then she would have screamed out from the pain, wouldn't she?' On a balmy June night, Kirsten, a young university student, strolls home through a silent moonlit park. Suddenly her tranquil mood is shattered as she is viciously attacked.When she awakes in hospital, she has no recollection of that brutal night. But then, slowly and painfully, details reveal themselves - dreams of two figures, one white and one black, hovering over her, wisps of a strange and haunting song; the unfamiliar texture of a rough and deadly hand . . . In another part of England, Martha Browne arrives in Whitby, posing as an author doing research for a book. But her research is of a particularly macabre variety. Who is she hunting with such deadly determination? And why?
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Peter Robinson grew up in Yorkshire and now lives in Canada. His Inspector Banks series has won numerous awards in Britain, Europe, the United States and Canada. There are now fifteen novels published by Pan Macmillan in the series. Aftermath, the twelfth, was a Sunday Times bestseller.Review:
Written back in 1990 but previously unpublished in the UK, this is one of Peter Robinson's earliest books. Taking a break from Inspector Banks he decided to write a book based on the victim's perspective rather than a police procedural. This creepy, suspenseful book was the result. Set on the Yorkshire coast, Martha Browne is supposedly researching a book whilst further inland a spate of student murders is causing a serial killer scare amongst the universities of the North. Flitting between Kirsten, the one survivor of the serial killer, and Martha, Robinson slowly but surely builds up the tension page by page. No stopping at the end of any chapter here, it is definitely a one-sitting read. Characteristically Yorkshire-based with detailed descriptions of the locations to draw the reader in, the writing is taut and tantalising displaying Robinson's skills at writing from the other side of the coin. A must for all Robinson fans. - Lucy Watson
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Book Description Pan Macmillan, 2004. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. Good clean tight unread copy. Bookseller Inventory # E01396
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