Painting the Darkness
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Painting the Darkness

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When the creak of the garden gate heralds the arrival of an unexpected stranger, William Trenchard is puzzled but not alarmed. He cannot know the destruction this man will wreak on all he holds most dear. The stranger announces himself as James Norton, but claims he is in reality Sir James Davenall, the man to whom Trenchard's wife, Constance, had been engaged, and who had committed suicide eleven years ago. Sir Hugo, James's younger brother, and his mother, Lady Catherine, refuse to recognize Norton and force Trenchard into an uneasy alliance against him. But Trenchard must plumb the depths of his own despair before the dark secrets of the Davenall family can finally, shockingly, be revealed.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 608 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 40mm | 368g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 055216495X
  • 9780552164955
  • 123,262

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"It explodes into action so that the reader is hooked by the time he reaches the third page... he is a superb storyteller" * Sunday Independent * "It has all the ingredients of a first-class melodrama... engaging and satisfying" * The Times * "I was hooked by this atmospheric historical mystery" -- Sarah Broadhurst * Today *
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About Robert Goddard

Robert Goddard was born in Hampshire and read History at Cambridge. His first novel, Past Caring, was an instant bestseller. Since then his books have captivated readers worldwide with their edge-of-the-seat pace and their labyrinthine plotting. His first Harry Barnett novel, Into the Blue, was winner of the first WHSmith Thumping Good Read Award and was dramatized for TV, starring John Thaw.
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Back cover copy

1882. When the creak of the garden gate one autumn afternoon sounds the arrival of an unexpected stranger William Trenchard is puzzled, but not alarmed. He cannot possibly know the destruction this visitor will wreak on all he holds dear.

The stranger is James Norton, who claims to be the man William's wife Constance was once engaged to, and who was reported to have committed suicide eleven years ago. Trenchard fears the loss of his wife's affections, but he is forced to plumb the depths of his own despair before the dark secrets of the Davenall family can finally - shockingly - be revealed...
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Review Text

"It has all the ingredients of a first-class melodrama... engaging and satisfying"
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Rating details

830 ratings
3.95 out of 5 stars
5 29% (239)
4 44% (365)
3 22% (184)
2 4% (32)
1 1% (10)
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