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"I was fourteen when I fell in love with a goddess. . ."
So begins the testimony of Noah Calaway, an ex-lawyer with a sideline in armchair criminal psychology. Now living an aimless life in an inherited cottage in the English countryside, Noah is haunted by the memory of the beguiling young woman who left him at the altar sixteen years earlier. Then one day he receives a troubling phone call. April, the woman he once loved, lies in a coma, the victim of an apparent overdose--and the lead suspect in a brutal murder. Deep in his bones, Noah believes that April is innocent. Then again, he also believed they would spend the rest of their lives together.
While Noah searches for evidence that will clear April's name, a teenager named Ella begins to sift through the secrets of her own painful family history. The same age as April was when Noah first met her, Ella harbors a revelation that could be the key to solving the murder. As the two stories converge, there are shocking consequences when at last, the truth emerges.
Or so everyone believes. . .
Set in a borderland where the past casts its shadow on the present, with a time-shifting narrative that will mesmerize and surprise, "The Beauty of the End "is both a masterpiece of suspense and a powerful rumination on lost love.
Advanced Praise for"The Beauty of the End"
Debbie Howells is a terrific new talent she paints with words and takes a scalpel to emotions. "New York Times "bestselling author Peter James
"""A combination of lyrical writing and smart mystery. It's a winner. Sandra Block, " "author of" The Girl Without a Name"
Praise for"The Bones of You"
One of those books that captivates you from the first page, holds tight and never lets go. I savored every word, character and psychological twist. Truly brilliant Lisa Jackson, #1"New York Times"bestselling author
Suspenseful and poignant debut . . . the increasingly tense storytelling and astute observations on mother-daughter relationships will keep readers turning the pages. "Publishers Weekly"
Has been compared to Alice Sebold s"The Lovely Bones" . . . Indeed, Rosie's voice offers a dynamic narrative. Her disembodied perspective, tempered with other points of view chiefly Kate s adds an unusual and haunting layer to the novel. "Library Journal""
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-06-06
- Reviewer: Staff
This overly complicated psychological thriller from British author Howells falls short of the high standard set by her 2015 debut, The Bones of You. Accredited solicitor Noah Callaway has been leading an extremely solitary life in Devon as a crime writer when he learns that his former fiancée, the compelling but erratic April Moon, is comatose and the primary suspect in a murder in Kent. Convinced the woman he has been infatuated with ever since their teens is incapable of the crime, Noah offers to represent her. Dr. Will Farrington, a friend from whom Noah has been estranged for 15 years due to a conflict over April, initiates Noah’s involvement. Noah’s efforts and memories alternate with the accounts of a 15-year-old girl’s visits to her therapist, the significance of which isn’t at first clear. Though Howell has a knack for conveying authentic emotion, readers are likely to become frustrated with the pacing, especially the slow reveal of certain past actions of Noah, who displays an almost obdurate lack of perception. Agent: Juliet Mushens, Agency Group (U.K.). (July)