The Nature of the Beast

The Nature of the Beast

3.32 (125 ratings by Goodreads)
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  • Paperback | 314 pages
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New ed of Large Print ed
  • 0753166003
  • 9780753166000

Review Text

The recent train disasters in Britain provide the inspiration for the story of Amy Petty who walks away from a wrecked train and lets her husband believe that she is dead. He is embroiled in a libel case and has asked two top barristers to prepare his case. To them he appears uncouth, foul mouthed and lacking in judgment - he too was a barrister before he was sacked for disgracing himself in public. A rich man, he now lives in some style in a country house where he continues to run the dog sanctuary started by his father and , following the terms of the will, takes financial care of his mother and step sister. Amy seems to have everything she needs and witnesses say she loved dogs yet she abandoned the sanctuary, her home and her husband. This puzzle is at the heart of the book, becoming more and more difficult to unravel as Fyfield builds up a picture of Amy's habits and personality,her past and present life. This is the author's strength: the patient and skilful creation of totally believable characters who horrify or ensnare the reader's affection. As the shadowy dangers appear more menacing we fear and dread what might happen and the suspense becomes almost unbearable. (Kirkus UK)
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125 ratings
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4 27% (34)
3 43% (54)
2 14% (17)
1 3% (4)
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