"You’re beautiful," Johnny told her. And so, full of hope, seventeen-year-old Felicia crosses the Irish Sea to England to find her lover and tell him she is pregnant. Desperately searching for Johnny in the bleak post-industrial Midlands, she is, instead, found by Mr Hilditch, a strange and lonely man, a collector and befriender of homeless young girls....
William Trevor’s tightly woven psychological thriller won the 1994 Whitbread Book of the Year Award and the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award. Susan Hill described it as, "A masterpiece… It has one of the most memorable and convincing, most sinister and terrifying of characters created in the modern novel."
©1994 William Trevor (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd
I lost interest in this story and didn't finish it. It was slow and boring to me. It was also rather depressing. I was waiting for some action to happen, trying to give the story some time before giving up but I decided it had taken all the time from my life I was going to let it have without any reward.
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