The appeal of this psychological thriller is really quite straight forward. An aspiring writer is stalked by a bookshop owner. Sounds like a fantasy to me, but this story definitely is not. Dark and disturbing.
My sister said to me: "Do you think terrorists read novels?"
In a year where we had several terrorist attacks in Britain, this was a chilling thought. I had owned this book for two years before I got around to reading it, prompted by my sister's question, and discovered right away what she meant.
I worked for a while at Liverpool Museum, where I met a taxidermist. I was fascinated by this unusual and old-fashioned skill and eventually talked him into showing me how he worked. He was very reluctant to let me see the gruesome process, but he did eventually. More than being horrified by the skinning and scraping of body parts, I was completely absorbed by the way a corpse could be once again be brought to life (almost).
This psychological thriller looks at the power of cult and belief and how some people will exploit other people's obsessions. It covers the tale of a missing woman who is part of a UFO cult, but it doesn't feature any aliens or space travel. Thank goodness.
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