The Woman in the Wood

The Woman in the Wood

eBook - 2017
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Fifteen-year-old twins Maisy and Duncan Mitcham have always had each other. Until the fateful day in the wood . . . One night in 1960, the twins awake to find their father pulling their screaming mother from the house. She is to be committed to an asylum. It is, so their father insists, for her own good. It's not long before they, too, are removed from their London home and sent to Nightingales - a large house deep in the New Forest countryside - to be watched over by their cold-hearted grandmother, Mrs Mitcham. Though they feel abandoned and unloved, at least here they have something they never had before - freedom. The twins are left to their own devices, to explore, find new friends and first romances. That is until the day that Duncan doesn't come back for dinner. Nor does he return the next day. Or the one after that. When the bodies of other young boys are discovered in the surrounding area the police appear to give up hope of finding Duncan alive. With Mrs Mitcham showing little interest in her grandson's disappearance, it is up to Maisy to discover the truth. And she knows just where to start. The woman who lives alone in the wood about whom so many rumours abound. A woman named Grace Deville. The Woman in the Wood is a powerful, passionate and sinister tale of a young woman's courage, friendship and determination. Santa Montefiore and Penny Vincenzi fans will swiftly fall for Lesley Pearse's mesmerising novels - you'll want to read them again and again.
Publisher: 2017. ,
ISBN: 9781405921077
Branch Call Number: REM
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive

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Sep 09, 2017

I doubt whether Lesley wrote this book,as it is completely different in style and content from anything she has written before.The writing is basic and simple. It reads like an Enid Blyton book, with the two children, the bumbling police who cannot solve crime. Of course the clever child steps in and solves it, together with "The Woman", who turns out to be a wise, loving person, totally interchangeable with their housekeeper, their tutor and their father. The word "jolly" crops up frequently, together with fruit cake, cream buns and other essentials of a 1950s Famous Five story.
The police are shouted at to "bugger off" and the detective meekly does so, no doubt tugging his forelock as he goes.
There is violence and graphic descriptions of paedophilia, with the word cock every few pages, I suspect for its shock value.
However what crossed the line for me was the animal cruelty. For this reason I won't be reading any more books with the name Lesley Pearse on the title page.

Jul 21, 2017

Just read this book - was impressed. One of Lesley's better books. There are 80 people waiting for this book but sorry, is too wet to go out. As soon as it is fine - I will deliver it back.

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