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The Beachcomber | [Josephine Cox]

The Beachcomber

In the summer of 1952 when two lonely people arrive in the seaside hamlet of West Bay. Strangers from very different backgrounds, they are there for the same reason: to find peace and the chance to start a new life. Tom Arnold has left a highly paid job after his family died in a car accident. Kathy Wilson is recovering from a painful divorce. For both Tom and Kathy, it seems there is hope of rebuilding their lives. Yet even now, someone means to wreck both Tom's and Kathy's search for happiness.
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In the summer of 1952 when two lonely people arrive in the pretty seaside hamlet of West Bay. Strangers coming from very different backgrounds, they are there for the same reasons: to find peace of mind and the chance to start a new life.

A quiet, lonely man, Tom Arnold has abandoned all his possessions and walked away from a highly paid job. A year ago, he had a wife and two beautiful children, when suddenly his world was turned upside-down. The car he was driving with his family was deliberately run off the seaside road high above the cliffs, and he was the only survivor. The maniac driver, who Tom is sure intended to kill them all, has never been found. Now, a year later, he needs to be alone to deal with the pain and contemplate his future.

Kathy Wilson has tried to cling to her zest for life and her sense of humour through times of pain and loneliness. Recovering from her divorce, she seeks comfort in the arms of other men and parties. But a shocking, revealing row with her mother is the final straw, and consequently, when she inherits a rundown house in West Bay, she flees to Dorset. For both Tom and Kathy, it seems there is hope of rebuilding their lives. Yet even now, someone means to wreck both Tom's and Kathy's search for happiness.

People are jealous. And a brutal killer is still on the loose. Suddenly West Bay is not the peaceful place it was.

©2003 Josephine Cox; (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London, UK

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