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The Only Child: The new utterly compelling and heartbreaking novel from the bestselling author of The Botanist's Daughter (English Edition) Versión Kindle
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'A taut, clever whodunit ... Kayte Nunn keeps the stakes high and the characters compelling, making for a fast, fresh, engrossing historical mystery!' KATE QUINN
1949 It is the coldest winter Orcades Island has ever known, when a pregnant sixteen-year-old arrives at Fairmile, a home for 'fallen women' run by the Catholic Church. She and her baby will disappear before the snow melts.
2013 Frankie Gray has come to the island for the summer, hoping for one last shot at reconnecting with her teenage daughter, Izzy, before starting a job as a deputy sheriff. They are staying with her mother, Diana, at The Fairmile Inn, soon to be a boutique hotel, but when an elderly nun is found dead in suspicious circumstances, and then a tiny skeleton is discovered in the grounds of the house, Frankie is desperate for answers.
At once an evocative, unsettling tale of past misdeeds and a crime thriller that will have you reading with your heart in your mouth, The Only Child is compulsively addictive storytelling from the bestselling author of The Botanist's Daughter.
Readers can't get enough of The Only Child:
'A deeply moving look at a past when women's reproductive rights were denied . . . a heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful story that resonates in today's world' SUSAN WIGGS
'Richly drawn characters, masterful storytelling, and a slowly unraveling mystery kept me on the edge of my seat, right up until the satisfying ending' KAREN McQUESTION
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The Only Child is a taut, clever whodunit revolving around the pangs of motherhood and the lengths women will go for their children...Kayte Nunn keeps the stakes high and the characters compelling, making for a fast, fresh, engrossing historical mystery!-- "Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author"
Hugely engaging.-- "Daily Mail on The Last Reunion"
Kayte Nunn's The Only Child will join Marge Piercy's Braided Lives, along with films such as Blossoms in the Dust and Vera Drake, as a reminder of what is at stake when the reproductive rights and choices of girls and women are diminished. It is a well-paced story with finely drawn characters--and it's hard to put down.-- "Jacqueline Winspear, New York Times bestselling author"
The story carries all the elements of a classic gothic tale...that comes with a thrilling twist in the final pages.-- "Daily Telegraph on The Silk House" --Este texto se refiere a la edición kindle_edition .
The story carries all the elements of a classic gothic tale . . . that comes with a thrilling twist in the final pages-- "Daily Telegraph on The Silk House" --Este texto se refiere a la edición kindle_edition .
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- ASIN : B09MFH7JWB
- Editorial : Orion (1 septiembre 2022)
- Idioma : Inglés
- Tamaño del archivo : 5119 KB
- Texto a voz : Activado
- Lector de pantalla : Compatibles
- Tipografía mejorada : Activado
- X-Ray : No activado
- Word Wise : Activado
- Notas adhesivas : En Kindle Scribe
- Longitud de impresión : 357 páginas
- Números de página - ISBN de origen : 1613163428
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº6,073 en Tienda Kindle (Ver el Top 100 en Tienda Kindle)
- nº28 en Ficción histórica en inglés
- nº58 en Thrillers históricos
- nº61 en Policíaca, negra y suspense en inglés
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In 1949 a pregnant sixteen-year-old arrives at Fairmile, a home for 'fallen women' run by the Catholic Church on Orcades Island in Puget Sound, Washington.
In 2013 Frankie Gray has recently returned from Australia and is spending her summer on Orcades Island. She works in law enforcement and in September she will become the island’s new deputy sheriff. However, before then she hopes to use the summer to reconnect with her teenage daughter, Izzy. They are both staying with her mother, Diana, who has purchased Fairmile and is renovating it as a luxury inn.
Then two events occur: an elderly former nun is found dead in suspicious circumstances at the residential home where Frankie’s grandmother, Ingrid, lives and a tiny skeleton is discovered in the grounds of Fairmile house. Frankie goes in search of answers.
The narrative moves between 1949 and 2013 and in due course secrets are uncovered and mysteries solved. While technically ‘The Only Child’ is crime fiction, I would class it as women’s fiction with mystery elements.
Kayte Nunn writes in the Acknowledgements that while Orcades Island and Fairmile are fictional there were real life facilities in the United States during the postwar period. I have read novels about the Irish Magdalene Laundries, but was unaware that similar institutions existed in the USA.
Overall, while I had began reading with expectations of more crime and investigation, I did find ‘The Only Child’ a slow burn, character-led novel that focused on the legacy of the mother and baby homes and the heartbreak faced by unwed mothers. It was a moving novel even if not quite my cup of tea.
3.5 stars rounded up to 4.
Nuns do not smoke; how could they have obtained cigarettes on an island where supplies are brought by boat as the island is deserted but for the Mother and Baby Home. As with all convents every cent spent on supplies etc is counted; maybe the nuns hid their cigarette costs but the reader is not told if this was so.
A great deus ex machina occurs in the story which for me stretched credibility. I guessed the who and why of the murder long before the story concluded.