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A shocking secret… Lucy and her younger sister Biddy have spent their entire lives together. In fact, Lucy has been responsible for taking care of Biddy ever since they were children. But the roles are reversed when Lucy suddenly falls ill with pneumonia. Now, it is up to Biddy to care for her older sister. And when Lucy suddenly dies, Biddy finds herself alone for the first time in her life. But one thing is certain: no one must know that Lucy has died. Because if they do, they will start to interfere – and Biddy has had a lifetime of being bossed around. So Biddy continues to maintain the pretence and her daily routine, telling enquiring neighbours that her sister is still under the weather. When a boy named Ginger Mudd knocks at her door one day, an unlikely friendship blossoms between the two. For Biddy, Ginger’s visits provide a welcome relief from the pressure of keeping her dark secret. A secret that threatens to overshadow their budding friendship… How long will Biddy be able to cover up her sister’s death? Or will the shocking truth finally be revealed? Playmates is a haunting tale of deception and secrets set against the cosy backdrop of a rural town. Praise for Eva Hanagan ‘Eva Hanagan tells a story of supernatural evil with such quiet conviction and sets it in such pleasing rural domesticity that its full force only slowly pervades the reader’s consciousness. When it does it is absolute …’ - Shirley Toulson, British Book News ‘Eva Hanagan writes with an easy and natural grace which gives to the life of her recluse an evocative, unforced descriptiveness of an impressive order.’ - Derek Stanford, Scotsman ‘Mrs Hanagan is good at uneasy states of mind and feelings, and very good at the temptations of suicide … an accomplished beginning.’ - Robert Nye, - Guardian ‘Between the covers of this book is a really thrilling story … It should restore to many a reader his faith in the pleasure of reading for reading’s sake.’ - West Sussex County Times ‘ … so beautifully and precisely visualised that I too was enthralled … a delicious piece of water-colour Gothic.’ - Michael Maxwell-Scott, Daily Telegraph Eva Hanagan was a Scottish author, who died at the age of 85, in 2009. During a Foreign Office posting to Vienna after the Second World War, Hanagan met her husband, with whom she had two sons. She published her first novel, In Thrall , in 1977. Following which, there was a fairly rapid succession of novels: Playmates (1978), and A Knock at the Door (1982). She settled in Sussex, from where she authored her novels.
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  • Eva Hanagan - Playmates

    Playmates

    miss_mesmerized

    18. February 2017 um 09:19

    Lucy and Biddy, two elderly sisters who once came from Germany to Scotland and have since spent their lives together. Lucy has always cared for the younger one, but now she is suffering from pneumonia and feels that the end is near. In her last hours, she tries to prepare Biddy for the time after she‘s deceased, but Biddy does not really seem to understand. When it finally happens, she tries to ignore the situation at first. She keeps her secret well, even manages to take care of all the financial aspects of her life. But she increasingly feels lonely, especially since she cannot confide in anybody. When young Ginger Mudd knocks on her door one day, a strange friendship develops. However, this friendship will sooner or later endanger her secret… Eva Hanagan, who only started writing late in her life and died already in 2009, sends us to a remote place where people can lead a reclusive life. There are only few characters in her novel, apart from the sisters, we repeatedly meet a neighbour who is inquiring about Lucy’s well-being, fishy Mrs Trout, young Mudd and at the end of the novel, briefly his father and mother. The plot is centred around Biddy, of whom I first thought she was a young girl, a bit naïve and ignorant of the world. Only when she started narrating her past did I realise that she must be rather an elderly lady with some limited intellect. Yet, this does not hinder her from being loveable and charming in her special way. It was quite funny to read how her pragmatic cleverness helps her top keep Lucy’s death secret. On the other hand, the scenes in which she longs for human contact are rather sad. The most interesting aspect however what the friendship between Biddy and Mudd. Albeit the age difference do they well get along and quickly grow fond of each other. Their dance around Biddy’s secret and their mutual feeling that this friendship is precious, too precious to endanger it by any inconsiderate, spontaneous action, was for me the most noteworthy while reading. All in all, the novel moves at a slower pace which fits well to the setting and its characters. And it is particularly the subtle play on words – such as the neighbour’s name – that make this novel remarkable.

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