Quarter Past Two on a Wednesday Afternoon, Hardback

Quarter Past Two on a Wednesday Afternoon Hardback

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It was the day when everything stopped. At quarter past two on a hot afternoon in August, Anna's beautiful, headstrong elder sister Rose disappears.

Twenty years later, Anna still doesn't know whether Rose is alive or dead.

In her early thirties now, she sees her future unfolding - with sensible, serious Martin and a grown-up, steady job - and finds herself wondering if this is what she really wants.

Unable to take control of her life while the mystery of her sister's disappearance remains unsolved, Anna begins to search for the truth: what did happen to Rose that summer's day?

The stunning first adult novel from the distinguished Costa Award winner.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780857522498



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At around quarter past two one Wednesday afternoon in 1990 when Anna is 13 and her sister, Rose, is 18, Rose suddenly disappears. For 20 years Anna and her parents haven't known what happened to her and have lived their lives in a kind of limbo. Anna is now with Martin but leads an aimless and drifting lifestyle, mainly due to Rose's disappearance. Her mother, Sandra, starts to behave oddly, and this prompts Anna to start digging around and trying to find out what happened to Rose. The story also tells of events in Sandra's life, the importance of which becomes apparent as the story unfolds.I felt this book got off to a bit of a slow start and in fact it was only perhaps half way through, as the various strands of the story started to come together, that it really started to get interesting for me, but I did enjoy the book overall. It's well-plotted and is a good look at why people walk out of their lives. I can't say that I found any of the characters to be particularly likeable but I did feel some sympathy with them. There are aspects of the plot that I didn't see coming, despite what, in hindsight, were big clues, and I really liked those twists and turns. In particular, there was a moment of shock as I read a major plot twist and I just couldn't believe what I was reading.This is a good family saga and I enjoyed reading it.Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing a copy for review.

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