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Tarnished | [Julia Crouch]

Tarnished

Peg always felt a little blurred, a little lacking in definition. Her mother died when she was six, her father simply disappeared, and she was brought up by her grandparents and her obese, bedridden aunt. But, despite all this, she never developed the habit of asking questions. At least, not until she met Loz, her straight-talking, psychotherapeutically literate girlfriend, who urges her to confront her demons. But Peg starts to wonder whether her youthful lack of curiousity might not have been a good thing. A very good thing indeed....
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An utterly gripping psychological drama for reading/listening groups, in the vein of Sophie Hannah.

Peg always felt a little blurred, a little lacking in definition. Her mother died when she was six, her father simply disappeared, and she was brought up by her grandparents and her obese, bedridden aunt. But, despite all this, she never developed the habit of asking questions.

At least, not until she met Loz, her straight-talking, psychotherapeutically literate girlfriend, who urges her to confront her demons. But as the skeletons come tumbling out of the family closet, and the full horror of the past begins to reveal itself, Peg starts to wonder whether her youthful lack of curiousity might not have been a good thing. A very good thing indeed....

©2013 Julia Crouch (P)2013 Headline Digital

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  • Monika
    Hawthorn, Australia
    3/19/13
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    "Horrifyingly, sickeningly fatphobic and ableist."

    Horrifyingly, sickeningly fatphobic and ableist. Also incredulously preachy and irritatingly improbable plot. Was suggested that this was like Sophie Hannah's work. It's really not.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    TONBRIDGE, United Kingdom
    5/6/13
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    "Slow paced thriller"

    Peg's mother died when she was a child and she was left in the care of her doting grandmother, Doll, and her bed-ridden aunt. Peg is now 22 and realises that she remembers very little about her childhood. She uses mind exercises to try to recover her memories and discovers that the family have been keeping secrets from her. Peg is believable as an intelligent but damaged adult; however her behaviour is often frustrating as she is reluctant to undertake the activities that would give her the knowledge that she seeks.
    This book had some excellent psychological undertones, but plodded along too slowly for my liking. The storyline relating to Peg's father was less developed than the rest of the book and the reasons for his lack of a relationship with his daughter were not entirely satisfactory. The book is well read but I did not particularly like the voice of the narrator and every now and again I could hear the reader swallow, which was most offputting. An enjoyable listen but an average thriller - there were only a few times when I felt anxious for Peg and Loz, and the story was not particularly gripping.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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