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Published by Matador, 28
July 2019. ISBN: 978-1-789018 24-0 (PB).
Four children – Lucy (15), Paul (6), David (15) and
Dorothy (16) – are crammed into the back of a car, driven by Pete and social
worker Bev. They are being driven to Wales, to a safe house, prior to their
giving evidence in the trial of two men charged with two or perhaps three
murders connected with a cult which worships a being called The Magnifico. The
priests of the cult, the Holy Leaders, are intent on establishing world-wide
control by impregnating women whom they have abducted; once the women have
served their purpose, they are eliminated by lethal injection.
Any records of the
children born as a result of this procedure are destroyed so that their true
parentage cannot be traced. These four children are not the only ones who have
been conditioned to carry out this fell purpose; there is a countrywide network
of such people who are hiding in plain sight so the children in this story have
to observe utmost precautions lest a rash word or action betray them. But at
the same time, they will be going to school where they will make friends. Can
those friends be trusted? And even the two kindly elderly ladies who will care
for the children in the safe house – are they entirely trustworthy?
This is a sequel to The Father’s Houseand given the age
range of the main characters in the narrative, I think is aimed at older
children and young adults.
Larche Daviesstudied law at the universities of
Aberystwyth and London. She worked in London as a barrister and legal
journalist, and then in Cardiff as a judge in employment tribunals. She has
five children and seven grandchildren. The
Father's House was her first novel. She started writing it after she fell
over the dog and broke her leg.
born in the U.S. but has lived in the U.K. since she was seven apart from seven
years in The Hague. She read law at university but did not go into practice.
Instead she worked for many years for a firm of law publishers and still does occasional
work for them including taking part in a substantial revision and updating of
her late husband’s legal practitioners’ work on Criminal Evidence published
late 2015. She has also contributed short stories with a distinctly criminal
flavour to two of the Oxford Stories anthologies published by Oxpens Press – a
third story is to be published shortly in another Oxford Stories anthology –
and is now concentrating on her own writing.