The Girl in the Bath

The Girl in the Bath

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Eighteen-year-old Lila is at a crisis point in her life. Alone and in the bath, she has just given birth to a premature baby she did not even know she was carrying. The baby is born dead. Numb with shock, denial, and disbelief, the young girl fears that her past will suffocate her. Now she must hide the truth from her family and friends, and she can't even begin to think what will happen if what happened is ever revealed. Unaware of Lila's troubles, her mother and brother slog their way through unsatisfying lives of their own. Meredith, stuck in a menial job at a travel agency, seethes with inner frustration at the disappointing hand life has dealt her. Jason endures school and gets through his days only by obsessing about sex, as all fifteen-year-old boys must. Feeling more alone than ever, Lila finds an unexpected ally in Doris, their dwarfish next-door neighbour. What Lila doesn't realize is that reclusive Doris has been spying on her for almost a decade. Lila is the daughter Doris always dreamt of having. Doris reaches out to Lila for her own reasons, and the two hatch a plan. Will this unlikely pair of conspirators succeed in burying Lila's shame, or will her secrets be revealed?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 230 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 13mm | 340g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1452513686
  • 9781452513683
  • 754,109

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I found "The Girl in the Bath" difficult to put down, and when I did, due to life getting in the way, I found that the I carried the characters with me. Robyn Bishop's vivid prose draws you into the lives of middle class suburban family and the secrets they hold. As the narrative unfolds, the author drops clues that tease you and raise questions about the residents of Pandora Crescent. However, Bishop does not fail to satisfy as she delves into the minds and secrets of these characters. The opening chapter had me hooked, Lila's miscarriage, alone in the bath, unleashes the family's secrets; the reason for her parent's loveless marriage, her father's shame and her younger brother's inner thoughts. The novel is definitely worth a read. Put aside a day for a reading session, you won't want to take any breaks as the (aptly named) Pandora Crescent's secrets come pouring off the more
by Kara
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