The Bones in the Womb

The Bones in the Womb

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As a 3-year old child Cate was snatched away from her mother. The book begins with Les, the man who abducted Cate, phoning her mother as he has done for the twelve years since he took her child. Cate's mother believes that her daughter was murdered and that Les is a psychopath who won't leave her in peace. But to Cate, Les has been the only father she has ever known and loved. Now Les has decided he can't cope with Cate anymore as she has committed an act that has forced him to look at the consequences of his abduction. So Les and Cate set off on a roadtrip back to her mother's home. The book revolves around the drama of the daughter and mother meeting after all this time - Cate is now a hard-bitten, poorly educated teenager whilst her English mother is 'scented like a city shopping mall and dressed smooth as butter; women who talk like you're a bit of dirt dropped under their nose'. How will Cate cope with learning to love a mother she can't remember? And how will her English mother square the memories of her three-year-old daughter with the hard-bitten teenager who turns up on her doorstep?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 20mm | 222.26g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753818779
  • 9780753818770

Review quote

'[an] intriguing novel...Tyrrell builds a tense and compelling narrative based upon just three people. This is a well-obseved, painful and original story about reunion, reinvention and rough justice.' -- Vanessa Curtis HERALD (18.6.05) 'this short, powerful novel of shifting loyalties and unlikely complicity is a timeless tale of backwoods America, beautifully offset by Cate's diffident, oblique narration.' GUARDIAN (25.6.05)show more

About Patricia Tyrrell

Patricia Tyrrell is half-English and half-American. After living for some years in the US she is now based in more

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39 ratings
2.71 out of 5 stars
5 5% (2)
4 23% (9)
3 28% (11)
2 26% (10)
1 18% (7)
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