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Dot | [Araminta Hall]

Dot

In a higgledy-piggledy house with turrets and tunnels towering over the sleepy Welsh village of Druith, two girls play hide and seek. They don’t see its grandeur or the secrets locked behind doors they cannot open. They see lots of brilliant places to hide. Squeezed under her mother’s bed, pulse racing with the thrill of a new hiding place, Dot sees something else: a long-forgotten photograph of a man, his hair blowing in the breeze. Dot stares so long at the photograph the image begins to disintegrate before her eyes, and as the image fades it is replaced with one thought: ‘I think it’s definitely him.’
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Publisher's Summary

The remarkable new novel from the best-selling author of Everything and Nothing, which weaves together three generations of women, intercutting their stories to create a warm and heartbreaking tale.

In a higgledy-piggledy house with turrets and tunnels towering over the sleepy Welsh village of Druith, two girls play hide and seek. They don’t see its grandeur or the secrets locked behind doors they cannot open. They see lots of brilliant places to hide. Squeezed under her mother’s bed, pulse racing with the thrill of a new hiding place, Dot sees something else: a long-forgotten photograph of a man, his hair blowing in the breeze. Dot stares so long at the photograph the image begins to disintegrate before her eyes, and as the image fades it is replaced with one thought: ‘I think it’s definitely him.’

Dot is the story of one little girl and how her one small action changes the lives of those around her forever.

©2013 Araminta Hall (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

"Araminta Hall is an exceptionally talented writer… A thoroughly enjoyable read." (Carol Birch, author of Jamrach’s Menagerie)

Praise for Everything and Nothing: "An assured debut… I suspect that this will be the first of what promises to be a new genre: the nanny chiller." (Daisy Goodwin, Sunday Times)

"Chilling and suspenseful." (The Sun, Best of 2011 book picks)

"An unsettling, menacing read." (Grazia, 2011 Reading List selection)

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