Sunday, 17 April 2011

Beyond Black - Hilary Mantel

Synopsis - Alison Hart, a medium by trade, tours the dormitory towns of London's orbital road with her flint-hearted sidekick Colette, passing on messages from dead ancestors.  But behind her plump, smiling persona is a desperate woman: the next life holds terrors that she must conceal from her clients, and her own waking hours are plagued by the spirits of men from her past.  They infiltrate her house, her body and her soul, and the more she tries to be rid of them, the stronger and nastier they become.

Review - This book was highly recommended to me by some colleagues.  Yes, it is a good book and well written but it didn't really hit the spot for me.  I am a sceptic when it comes to clairvoyance, crystal balls, palmistry etc, and maybe that is why the book didn't really grab me.

Alison has not had the best upbringing, raised by a terrible mother who had tried to get rid of her baby.  This "gift" was obviously already in the family, but Alison's mother had another way of earning money.  Therefore, it is not surprising that Alison is haunted by some terrible ghosts from the past that she must confront before she can rid herself of these demons.  3*

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