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Description - Disturbance by Marianne Kavanagh

You don't know what's going on in Sara's house...Or in her head.

Sara is lonely. No one talks to her - not even her bad-tempered workaholic husband or her two beloved sons. Her solace is her house, the biggest in the village, hidden away behind high hedges.

Then she strikes up a friendship with Katie, a college student living nearby, and a new world opens up. Her neighbours have been dying to get to know her, and they rush to help when Sara is devastated by a terrible accident.

But nothing is quite what it seems. And when new betrayals and shocking revelations disturb her peace, Sara realises she has no choice: she must act to protect the safety of those she loves.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781473639409
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 130mm x 20mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Hodder Paperback
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publish Date: 11-Jul-2019
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Review: Disturbance by Marianne Kavanagh - Reviewed by (29 Jul 2019)

5 stars

Disturbance is the fourth novel by British journalist and author, Marianne Kavanagh. It is years since Sara Porter's marriage has been idyllic, but when a back injury forces Mike to work from the couch at home, it hits a new low. Mike has never been particularly patient, but the pain turns him into a difficult, irascible, demanding bully. He expects Sara to give up her job with a legal firm to cater to his every whim.

Sara is grateful that village teenager, Katie’s dog walking service seems to curb Bundle’s manic backyard barking and, before long, she is relying on Katie’s support in other areas. Managing the big Old Rectory, her two teenaged sons (one on the autism spectrum) and Mike is a challenge, even when Mike returns to work part-time.

When, thanks to Katie’s involvement, Sara begins to interact with the villagers, she’s at first wary, but soon accepts that their concern and advice is benign, although she always plays down Mike’s belligerent behaviour, his pain as the excuse. She’s going to need their support when tragedy strikes.

Kavanagh’s depiction of the modern English village is an excellent one, and if some of the villagers seem rather stereotypical, it is worth remembering that, due to several factors, not the least of these being her stressful circumstances, Sara's narrative may not be entirely reliable. This story deftly demonstrates the power of gossip in the village setting. Without including spoilers, it is difficult to say much more about this story, except that it is brilliantly plotted, the psychopath is very well portrayed and it has a deliciously ambiguous ending. An utterly superb read!

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