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Published by Simon & Schuster, 28 July 2016. ISBN 9781 4711 5308 2
Do we really know the people closest to
us? What are they capable of? These are the premises of The Lost Swimmer.
set in the academic world of Coastal University, Australia, the book depicts
the politics, budget cuts and redundancies, and infighting of a modern
university struggling to compete and stay at the top of the academic tables.
and Rebecca Wilding are both lecturers at the university. Stephen is professor
of economics and Rebecca, the narrating character, a professor of archaeology
and head of her department. Rebecca, has worked hard to get to the top of her
profession, writing papers, appearing at conferences and leaving childcare to
Stephen so that she could forge her career. Now the children have left home and
Rebecca suspects Stephen is having an affair with one of her colleagues.
part of her role as head of department, Rebecca organises archaeology trips
abroad, and when discrepancies in the accounting are uncovered Rebecca is
accused of fraud. Afraid she is about to lose everything, Rebecca sets about
her own investigation into both the fraud and Stephen's affair. Using the same
rationale that she would apply to her archaeological work, Rebecca analyses
everything that is going on and the story builds slowly, gathering pace when
the couple travel to Europe for a holiday and professional engagements and
where on the idyllic Amalfi Coast Stephen goes for a swim and does not return.
The book has mixed reviews and this
seems to be partly because it has been marketed as literary and a page-turning
thriller which reviewers are arguing that it is neither. I would class it as a
slow-burn mystery with a strong sense of place.
born 10 December 1945 in Massachusetts. USA. She is an award-winning
screenwriter and director, avid reader and history lover. Her films include the
historical feature Celia starring Rebecca Smart - which Time Out listed as one
of the fifty greatest directorial debuts of all time - Hammers Over The Anvil
starring Russell Crowe and Charlotte Rampling, and the psychological thriller
Irresistible starring Susan Sarandon, Sam Neill and Emily Blunt.
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.