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Published by Duckworth Overlook, 6 October
2016. ISBN 978 0 71565117 9
Rosemary Paul is a celebrity past her
prime. Once a famous British singer, but now in her sixties, she lives a
reclusive life in a large house on the Hudson River, New York, with her much
younger housekeeper/assistant Carrie Markham.
The two met
when Carrie joined the cast of a theatre show in which Rosemary was the lead, a
show which flopped. Since then both women have given up on their careers in
show business and settled into a comfortable, companionable existence together.
When one of
Rosemary’s albums is re-released the hunger for fame is reignited and Rosemary
sets about trying to plan a comeback, even resorting to plastic surgery in a
desperate attempt to turn back time. As the event gets closer, old jealousies
start to emerge as do the true natures of the two main characters, and when one
finds the events of the past rewritten there are dramatic consequences.
themes resonate through the story - the lengths people will go to for fame and
recognition, and how buried grudges can resurface decades after an event and
lead to revenge. Both of the women in The
Comeback are living in the past and wracked with regrets. Both are
essentially sad lonely has-beens or never-beens that still want success even
though that time has passed. The book reflects on the influence of the media
and how people will change everything about themselves to become what they
think the media want.
an eerie psychological thriller, I’d suggest instead that The Comeback is more of a cosy suspense. There is no mention that
the story is anything other than contemporary but for me it has the feel of an
old fashioned cosy set in the 1980s or 90s. The location is mainly America and
although Carrie Markham is a Texan, I had little sense of this in either the
differing terminology between US and UK English, or in the dialogue. That said
though, The Comeback was an enjoyable
short read that kept me engrossed with the tension building to a surprising
climatic last page.
Bernard Taylor was born in 1937 in Wiltshire. Following active service in Egypt in the Royal Air
Force, he studied Fine Arts in Swindon, then at Chelsea School of Art and
Birmingham University. On graduation he worked as a teacher, painter and book
illustrator before going as a teacher to the United States. While there, he
took up acting and writing and continued with both after his return to England.
He has published ten novels under his own name, including The Godsend
(1976), which was adapted for a major film, and Sweetheart, Sweetheart (1977),
which Charles L. Grant has hailed as one of the finest ghost stories ever
written. He has also written novels under the pseudonym Jess Foley, as well as
several works of nonfiction. He has won awards for his true crime writing and
also for his work as a playwright. He lives in London.
Christine Hammacott lives near Southampton and runs her
own design consultancy. She started her career working in publishing as a book
designer and now creates covers for indie-authors. She writes page-turning
fiction that deals with the psychological effects of crime. Her debut novel The Taste of Ash was published in 2015.