Snow Storms in a Hot Climate by Sarah Dunant

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Is Elly’s love affair with a New York cocaine dealer too deep and dark to be broken – even by an old friend? When Marla responds to Elly’s call from America she finds herself ensnared in the twilight world of drug smuggling. Though she thinks she can see through the lies, Marla too begins to get sucked in, equally fascinated and repelled by Lenny, master of the cocaine circuit. In the end, who is she most frightened of – the drug or her ‘golden boy’ Lenny? Obsession, betrayal and revenge twist into an ever-tightening knot in this tense psychological tale.

Reviewed by The Cheerful Bags reading group:

We liked the style of writing, very readable book. Kept you guessing until the end. references to lots of things and descriptive narrative was excellent – you could really ‘picture’ the places and people.

Star rating: ***

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Mapping the Edge by Sarah Dunant

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Anna, a self-sufficient and reliable single mother, packs her bags one day for a short vacation to Italy. She leaves her beloved daughter at home in London with good friends. When Anna doesn’t return, everyone begins to make excuses, until the likelihood that she might not come back at all becomes chillingly clear. In this dazzling work of suspense, Sarah Dunant interweaves parallel narratives that are stretched taut with tension even as they raise difficult questions about love, trust, and accountability. We are challenged, unnerved, and ultimately exhilarated as Dunant redefines the boundaries of the psychological thriller.

Reviewed by Solent U3A:

Rather baffling story but was the subject of considerable discussion.

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Transgressions by Sarah Dunant

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Elizabeth Skorvecky has just come out of a long-term relationship with her boyfriend. Alone in her Victorian house, her only companions are her cat, a trashy crime novel she’s translating from Czech, and her music. As the summer ends and the days draw in, unsettling things begin to happen. First it’s just a missing CD, then music playing in an empty kitchen at midnight, then a table laid for breakfast for two. Poltergeist? Insanity? When Elizabeth wakes at four in the morning to find a man sitting at the end of her bed, she knows, sickeningly , she’s very sane – and being stalked. She also discovers that the means of surviving can be just as shocking as surrender.

Reviewed by Monks Brook U3A reading group:

Distasteful, gratuitous, violence, unpleasant, misogynistic attitude towards women, with no justification within the plot; weak ending, things didn’t tie up – inconsistencies within the story. This has put us off reading anything else by this author.

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