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HQ, 21 September 2017. ISBN: 978-0-84845-6759-512-2(PB)
The school reunion. Nightmare. As if school itself wasn't competitive
enough, a decade or so later do we really need all those enquiring eyes
wondering if the high-achiever in class made it to the top in the
post-education world? Or worse, if that paunchy, almost-bald groper over by the
bar was really the class hunk way back then?
On the other hand... what if
the big sixth-form romance which resulted in heartbreak could turn out to have
a happy ending after all?
Stella and George didn't
exactly have the big romance fifteen years ago, but they did have a kind of
magnetic pull to each other; so, when the school reunion throws them together
after fifteen years it's kind of inevitable that they'll want to see if it's
still there. It didn't end well back then, but these things rarely do, and now
they are both successful and reasonably well off, you'd think they'd want the
past to stay in the past
But... George is now married
to Ness, the sixth-form glamour queen and nice girl; all the same, Stella's
allure proves too much, and he pursues her relentlessly, with predictable
results. But what follows is far from predictable...
I couldn't put this book
down. As it see-sawed from one point of view to the other (they take alternate
chapters), it exercised the same appalling fascination over me that Stella and
George did over each other when they were teenagers. I needed to know what was
going on and how it would turn out; from the first night in the bar at the
reunion, right through to the chilling final paragraph, it had me gripped.
I didn't like either of them,
would move railway carriages to avoid sitting with them, but they intrigued me
and held me in thrall. Annabel Kantaria, an unfamiliar name to me until now,
painted a vivid picture, both physical and psychological, of both protagonists
and the people around them, and also of the places in which the action took
place. As the storyline unfolded and lives unravelled, it became horribly clear
what was happening, but still I had to see how, or if, it would be resolved.
I can't say more than that;
it would be far too easy to drop in a spoiler, and it wouldn't be fair on
either a potential reader or a clever and courageous author. She, too, could
have made it easy for herself; she chose not to, and she made it work.
Reviewer: Lynne Patrick
Annabel Kantariais a British journalist who now lives in Dubai with
her husband and children. She has edited and contributed to women’s magazines
and publications throughout the Middle East and returns regularly to the UK.
Lynne Patrick has been a writer ever since she could pick up a pen,
and has enjoyed success with short stories, reviews and feature journalism, but
never, alas, with a novel. She crossed to the dark side to become a publisher
for a few years, and is proud to have launched several careers which are now
burgeoning. She lives on the edge of rural Derbyshire in a house groaning with
books, about half of them crime fiction.