Cruel to be Kind

Cruel to be Kind

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Laura Ritchie's husband is killed crossing a busy road. Mike Mackman, though exonerated of blame, is desperate to put things right. It's not long before Laura is trapped in a spiral of unease and fear as the insistent Mike passes the point where desire to protect becomes obsessive need to control.
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  • Paperback | 374 pages
  • 125 x 195 x 42mm | 274g
  • Headline Book Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0747256543
  • 9780747256540

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"This is not exactly a crime novel - no crime is committed until a few pages from the end, although there is a slowly developing feeling of menace, that something awful is about to happen as the story progresses. The author, Tim Wilson, is noted for producing psychological thrillers, and this latest one certainly fits into that category. Laura's husband is accidentally knocked down and killed on his way to work one morning, leaving her with a seven-year-old son and deeply in debt. Mike, the car-driver, is so distraught that he's killed the family bread-winner that he can't do enough to try to help, seeing himself almost as a guardian angel as far as Laura and her son are concerned. Laura, who begins to enjoy her newly found single status, soon finds herself overwhelmed by Mike's protection and generosity, resents the obligation she finds herself under, and attempts to detach herself from his attentions. But Mike will not easily be deterred from his newly found role in life, and so the tension between the two escalates, to a shattering conclusion. Mike is portrayed as a guy with old-fashioned sentiments regarding women, putting them on a pedestal and worshipping the sanctity of family life, although his own perished, presumably due to his over-zealous approach, some years before. This picture of him somehow does not ring true. It's hard to imagine anyone quite like Mike in real life, although it is the basis on which the plot hinges. Having said that, this is an enjoyable read, with some witty observations made along the way. "show more
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