Catriona McPherson Quiet Neighbors: A Novel


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It’s the oldest bookshop in a town full of bookshops; rambling and disordered, full of treasures if you look hard. Jude found one of the treasures when she visited last summer, the high point of a miserable vacation. Now, in the depths of winter, when she has to run away, Lowell’s chaotic bookshop in that backwater of a town is the safe place she runs to. Jude needs a bolt-hole; Lowell needs an assistant and, when an affordable rental is thrown in too, life begins to look up. The gravedigger’s cottage isn’t perfect for a woman alone but at least she has quiet neighbors. Quiet, but not silent. The long dead and the books they left behind both have tales to tell and the dusty rooms of the bookshop are not the haven they seem to be. Lowell’s past and Jude’s present are a dangerous cocktail of secrets and lies and someone is coming to light the taper that could destroy everything.
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    Quiet Neighbors: A Novel


    28. December 2015 um 07:40

    The first few pages got me hooked, and I couldn't put the book down. When June flees from her life and a secret in London, she finds rescue and a friendly face in a small bookshop. Soon, she's in over her head sorting out the mess of books filling up the store, an easy task for a professional librarian. But while doing so, she stumbles about several volumes carrying diary-like notes in them. When she moves to a little cottage which she soon learns belonged to the man who owned those books, she starts investigating what mystery he kept hidden in his cryptic entries. When a young pregnant woman shows up in the shop some day, claiming to be Lowell's (the store owner) daughter, things become even more complicated. I loved the beginning - the description of the messy bookshop, June's and Lowell's shared passion for books - it was the perfect setting for a great story to unfold. When Eddy showed up, the story took a turn and suddenly, there were three mysteries to solve - what happened to June in London, what is Eddy's story and what happened in the past to make the town people so nervous? While I doubted Eddy's true motives for a long while (just as June did) and found her character less intriguing than June or Lowell, at the end everything made sense, and the solution was not one I would have guessed too easily. This unexpected, wonderfully twisted and almost, but not too cozy mystery taking place in and around a bookshop made a perfect read. (I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review)

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