by Alison Buck
Elderly sisters Lizzie and May live quiet, ordered lives in the house in which they were born; their self-imposed seclusion and the unchanging predictability of their lives shielding them from the changing world beyond.
But the day comes when this protective isolation is broken; the world outside forces its way in. A stranger appears, unsettling them, bringing with him the threat of danger, upheaval and violence.
Fearful and alone, with all semblance of comforting routine wrenched from them, Lizzie and May are driven to desperation. Dark memories emerge from their buried past as the sisters gradually slip from reason into their own confused realities, within which even their former carefully regulated world seems only a distant memory.
"Alison Buck is an exciting and strong new voice in modern fiction. Although her stories feature powerful insights and express a female perspective on important issues and concerns, they successfully speak to readers of all genders, ages and beliefs. Dark, psychological drama, mixed with wit and delivered with a light touch that makes you care about the hopes and dreams of her characters."
Although, as a rule, she concerns herself with apparently quite normal, everyday characters, populating what appear to be quite normal and everyday surroundings, the events and dangers they encounter soon draw them away from the commonplace and lead them inexorably towards often frightening and sometimes bloody outcomes.
Alison's can be very dark, unsettling tales.
- Alnpete Press, October 2010
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