Beyond Recall

Robert Goddard

Verlag: Corgi, 1997
ISBN 10: 0552142255 / ISBN 13: 9780552142250
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Inhaltsangabe: Chris Napier is shocked by the unexpected appearance of his boyhood friend, Mark Sheldon, at a wedding party at the Napier's house in Cornwall. When Mark hangs himself in the garden, the mysterious and dark pasts of their respective families suddenly begin to dog Chris's footsteps.

Review: A carefully crafted tale of suspense, Beyond Recall interweaves present and past as Christian Napier sets out to discover the truth behind his great-uncle's murder, committed during the days of rationing and privation following the Second World War. That death provided the foundation of the Napier family's subsequent prosperity, but Christian is led to question the verdict reached in the case by the more recent suicide of an old and abandoned friend. The whole of the action is relayed through Napier's eyes and voice as he struggles to sort out his understanding of what happened before he was born, his own memories as a child, the alcohol-hazed intervening years, and the current arm's-length relationship he maintains with the surviving members of his family.

Goddard's sense of place is strong. The Cornish market town of Truro, with its 19th-century cathedral looming over events spanning a century, provides the backdrop for the mystery and also for the shifting fortunes of the British experience. Descriptions of a grand family home transformed into a hotel and conference center, the tiny chain-pulled ferry crossing an estuary as it has done for generations, and Cornwall's unchanging and temperate beauty offer convincing detail beyond the usual place-name dropping.

Although the denouement is muddled by a confusion of identities and too many people thought dead resurfacing (both to Napier's dismay and delight), the general scheme is entertaining enough and just within the bounds of what's believable, given Goddard's manipulation of the reader's expectations. The central themes of revenge and greed lose some of their power when mixed with a subplot colored by a '90s obsession with sexual misdeeds, but these flaws do not detract from the pleasure of the whole. An enjoyable read, fraught with the tension Goddard's readers have come to expect.

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Titel: Beyond Recall
Verlag: Corgi
Erscheinungsdatum: 1997
Einband: Paperback
Zustand: Very Good.

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Verlag: Corgi, 02.03.1998. (1998)
ISBN 10: 0552142255 ISBN 13: 9780552142250
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Buchbeschreibung Corgi, 02.03.1998., 1998. Auflage: New edition. 368 Seiten Cover kann abweichen Auflage:1997 094,2 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 225 17,8 x 10,9 x 3,3 cm, Taschenbuch. Artikel-Nr. 206998

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