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Apple Tree YardYvonne Carmichael has worked hard to achieve the life she always wanted: a high-flying career in genetics, a beautiful home, a good relationship with her husband and their two grown-up children. Then one day she meets a stranger at the Houses of Parliament and, on impulse, begins a passionate affair with him – a decision that will put everything she values at risk. At first she believes she can keep the relationship separate from the rest of her life, but she can’t control what happens next. All of her careful plans spiral into greater deceit and, eventually, a life-changing act of violence. Apple Tree Yard is a psychological thriller about one woman’s adultery and an insightful examination of the values we live by and the choices we make, from an acclaimed writer at the height of her powers.
The sexual tension oozes of the page in this thriller with an amazing build up so that it is 240 pages in before you know his name. The courtroom drama and scenes are brilliantly portrayed ensuring a gripping finale. Even after you know the result there is the sense that there is more to come and sure enough…… A brilliantly constructed plot with well-developed characters that will stay with you long afterwards you have finished the book, what more could you want from a summer thriller.
Sheila O’Reilly
9780571297887/£12.99/Faber

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