Safer Than Houses

Safer Than Houses

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Sarah Fortune inherited her flat from one of her many lovers. Now a son has appeared claiming it is his, morally if not strictly legally, and he is using illegal means to persuade Sarah to give it up: abusive letters threatening her personal harm. As it becomes more difficult to ignore these missives, Sarah comes across Henry, a timid, lonely man whose upstairs neighbour is using every trick in the racketeer landlord's book to make him leave his home: litter in the shared hallway, continual noise, poison set out for his cat. It seems that if they swap accommodation for a while they may be able to deal with each other's problems. But these two strangers have unknown connections in common: a well-meaning widow, a struggling therapist, and a man who sets fire to other people's property for a living ...
Publisher: London : Time Warner Books, 2006, c2005.
ISBN: 9780751536218
Branch Call Number: FYFIE
Characteristics: 273 p. 20 cm.


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Jul 22, 2015

It is a crime story but also an incredible work of poetry, line by line from the first page to the last. I savoured every unique introspection—each character 's understanding of people's personality and motivation—the author is quite comfortable allowing you the reader ultimately to choose what you conclude. I've read other works by this author, but this story is simply outstanding. The plot is interesting and in the end I got caught up in it and normally I read very fast and skim, but not with this work; instead, I slowed down to enjoy each original captivating thought this author gives to her readers. She doesn't just describe her characters, she paints them with her beautiful words. Bravo!

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