The Hourglass

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ISBN: 
0333906969
Year of Publication: 
2006
Publisher: 
Pan MacMillan Australia
Author Information
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Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
Categories & Groupings
Category: 
Crime Fiction
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Book Synopsis

Beyond high iron gates fastened shut with a length of chain, lies the stark, beautiful Trawbawn. Here, haunted by a dark, mysterious past and largely ignored by the villagers of nearby Skibbereen, lives the frail Lydia Beauchamp. But old Ma Beauchamp's private existence is interrupted when a stranger arrives - a young man called Adam who wanders into the vast grounds of Trawbawn and becomes one of Lydia's most welcome contacts with the outside world. When Lydia sets her new confidante a challenge, he eagerly accepts.

Adam must travel to Dublin to find her estranged daughter. But it is a task tinged with an air of menace. For what terrible past has driven a daughter from her mother? And what true motive lies behind Adam's generous act? Soon the unlikely friends are entwined in a deadly game, and a pursuit born of an old lady's desire for peace mutates into a terrible, relentless need for revenge.

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