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Crookston Public Library CAN (Text) 33500013636550 New Available -
Detroit Lakes Public Library CAN (Text) 33500013636543 New Checked out 08/24/2022

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  • ISBN: 9781982185572
  • ISBN: 1982185570
  • Physical Description: 337 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2022.

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"A NICE, NORMAL HOUSE ... Linda has lived in a quiet neighborhood ever since fleeing the dark events of her childhood in Wales. Now she sits in her kitchen, wondering if this is all there is--pushing the vacuum around and cooking fish sticks for supper is a far cry from the glamorous lifestyle she sees in the glossy catalogues coming through the mail slot addressed to the previous occupant, Rebecca. A NICE, NORMAL HUSBAND? Terry isn't perfect--he picks his teeth, tracks dirt through the house, and spends most of his time in front of the TV. But that seems fairly standard--until he starts keeping odd hours at work, at around the same time young women in the town start to go missing ... A NICE, NORMAL LIFE... If Linda could track down and befriend Rebecca, maybe some of that enviable lifestyle would rub off on her. But the grass isn't always greener: you can't change who you really are, and criminals can hide behind closed doors"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 July #1
    *Starred Review* Forty-three-year-old Linda lives on a council estate in England with her husband, Terry, not far from her mother. She has lived there ever since she and her mother fled their old home after a traumatic event involving Linda's dad. Linda works in a charity shop, and Terry works in a factory, but Linda gets through life by relying on her music, an obsessive preoccupation with cleanliness, and "keeping herself to herself." She's not that bothered about the apparent serial killer running loose in the neighborhood, as her mind is on the beautiful lifestyle catalog, addressed to Rebecca Finch, that comes in the mail. Rebecca used to own Linda's house, and Linda becomes obsessed with tracking her down, imagining that Rebecca lives an enviably glamorous life, one that Linda dreams of emulating. Although she's never used the internet, much less a computer, Linda is determined and eventually manages to find Rebecca. Soon, she's slowly but surely inveigling her way into Rebecca's life. Eventually the reader realizes that Linda is not quite the clueless, tragic loser she at first seemed. Cannon's story is chock-a-block with punch-in-the gut twists, wry humor, tragedy, and heartbreak. The ending, which will leave readers gasping, is more stunning than tidy. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Joanna Cannon is a psychiatrist with a degree from Leicester Medical School. She lives in England’s Peak District with her family and her dog. She is the author of Three Things About Elsie and The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, a top ten bestseller in the UK.

Subject: Suburban life > Fiction.
Married women > Fiction.
Missing persons > Fiction.
Suspicion > Fiction.
Suburban life.
Genre: Fictional Work
Thrillers (Fiction)
Thrillers (Fiction)

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