The Woman in the Wood

The Woman in the Wood

Book - 2017
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"Fifteen-year-old Maisy Mitcham and her twin brother Duncan lose their mother to an insane asylum one night in 1955. The twins are sent to their grandmother's country house, Nightingales. Cold and distant, she leaves them to their own devices, to explore and to grow. That is until the day Duncan doesn't come home from the woods. With their grandmother seeming to have little interest in her grandson's disappearance, and the police soon giving up hope, it is left to Maisy to discover the truth. And she will start with Grace Deville. A woman who lives alone in the wood, about whom rumours abound..."--From publisher.
Publisher: London, England : Michael Joseph, 2017
Branch Call Number: FICTION PEA
Characteristics: 386 p. ; 24 cm


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Sep 09, 2017

I doubt whether Lesley wrote this book,as it is completely different in style and content from anything she has written before.The writing is basic and simple. It reads like an Enid Blyton book, with the two children, the bumbling police who cannot solve crime. Of course the clever child steps in and solves it, together with "The Woman", who turns out to be a wise, loving person, totally interchangeable with their housekeeper, their tutor and their father. The word "jolly" crops up frequently, together with fruit cake, cream buns and other essentials of a 1950s Famous Five story.
The police are shouted at to "bugger off" and the detective meekly does so, no doubt tugging his forelock as he goes.
There is violence and graphic descriptions of paedophilia, with the word cock every few pages, I suspect for its shock value.
However what crossed the line for me was the animal cruelty. For this reason I won't be reading any more books with the name Lesley Pearse on the title page.

Jul 21, 2017

Just read this book - was impressed. One of Lesley's better books. There are 80 people waiting for this book but sorry, is too wet to go out. As soon as it is fine - I will deliver it back.

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