The Living and the Dead in Winsford

The Living and the Dead in Winsford

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A woman arrives in the village of Winsford on Exmoor. She has travelled a long way and chosen her secluded cottage carefully. Her sole intention is to outlive her beloved dog Castor. And to survive the torrent of memories that threaten to overwhelm her. Weeks before, Maria and her husband Martin fled Stockholm under a cloud. The couple were bound for Morocco, where Martin planned to write an explosive novel; one that would reveal the truth behind dark events within his commune of writers decades before. But the couple never made it to their destination.As Maria settles into her lonely new life, walking the wild, desolate moors, it becomes clear that Winsford isn't quite the sanctuary she thought it would be. While the long, dark evenings close in and the weather worsens, strange things begin to happen around her. But what terrible secrets is Maria guarding? And who now is trying to find her?
Publisher: London :, Mantle, an imprint of Pan Macmillan,, [2015],, ©2013
ISBN: 9781447271925
Branch Call Number: NESSE
Characteristics: 470 pages
Additional Contributors: Thompson, Laurie 1938-2015


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Jun 05, 2018

The premise of the book is pretty foggy at best.
A woman gets rid of her husband, in a World War Two beach bunker, no less. Locks him in, because the lock is OUTSIDE the door (?).
Why? We don’t really know.
Then for more than 300 pages, nothing happen. The woman hides in some bogs in England somewhere. Walks her dog every day, tell us the temperature, slides in the mud, sees her husband spying on her (?), go eat at different pubs, finds a boyfriend, then isn’t sure if that’s a good idea. On a whim, she decides to return home, making a story on the way: her husband has drown when ‘they’ were returning to Sweden. Eventually the gig is up. Police as found his body. Husband as written his name on the bunker’s wall with his car’s key. Police shows up at her home, tries the key in her car. Bingo. CAUGHT.
Pretty flimsy. This story could have been said under 200 pages, maybe 150. The problem is that the heart of the book is pure filler. Nothing gets it going and the end is quite anticlimactic.
Disappointing .

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