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Published by Matador, 28
June 2020. ISBN: 978-1-838593-50-6 (PB)
Eleven years ago, Adie had married William (Bill)
Lewis. Prior to the marriage he had appeared kind and loving, but only a few
weeks into the marriage he had revealed himself as being cruel and violent. But
now, in 1965, not only has his behaviour towards Adie grown worse but he has
begun to be violent towards their children, Sam and Lillie, and that Adie will
not stand for. What can she do? The police are not interested; physical
maltreatment of women was all too frequent, and all too often ignored by the
police. Over the years Adie has put by as much money from her job as a cleaner
as she can hide from her husband. And when she judges she has enough to fund her
escape she takes the children and his car and sets off. But where? She spots an
advertisement in a magazine called The
Lady for a live-in housekeeper for a farmer in Cumbria far to the north,
applies for it and is accepted.
Along the way,
various people do help her; whenthere
is trouble with the car one of the mechanics at the garage she takes it to; a
doctor at the hospital where she takes Lillie who has an asthma attack. And
when she reaches the lonely farmhouse nestled among desolate fells, she and the
children settle in with the support of the kindly farm manager Jack and his
wife Vera and even the apparently gruff farmer himself, Thomas.
However, Bill is
determined to get his wife and children back and pursues them, searching out every
contact Adie has made, often with threats and violence, for he hears voices in
his head telling him that Adie must pay for her disobedience. He tracks her
down to the lonely Cumbrian farmhouse and waits, biding his time to attack her.
But Bill himself is being followed; although most of the police to whom Adie
has complained about Bill’s violent behaviour have ignored her, one officer, Detective Inspector Laurence
Appleby, is all too well aware of the all-too frequent violence shown by some
men to their wives and believes that Bill was responsible for the death of
another woman some years before although proceedings were abandoned. He will
not allow Adie or her children to become victims of Bill’s desire for revenge.Will Inspector Appleby succeed in bringing
Bill to justice? An engrossing read.
Note: It is a fact that domestic abuse
was for many years not recognised as a specific problem and the necessity of
providing a safe refuge for fleeing wives and their children was addressed by
Erin Pizzey who founded the first Women’s Refuge. Sadly. although society is
now aware of the problem and efforts are being made to improve matters, and
there is now (2020)a Bill going through
Parliament on the subject, there are still violent men, vengeful husbands and
fathers, who attack, even kill, their wives and children.
Ludlow was born in
the UK in 1956. In her late teens she began a nomadic lifestyle of several
career's, and for a time lived abroad. This lifestyle was fertile ground for a
future writer. Now, concentrating full time on writing, she lives with her husband
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.