The Facts of Life and Death, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


'Bauer's great gift is her ability to surprise the reader . . . She makes you think a bit differently about the world' Daily TelegraphOn the beaches and cliffs of North Devon, young women have become victims in a terrifying game where only one player knows the rules. And when those rules change, the new game is Murder. But a madman on the loose feels very far from the crumbling, seaside home of ten-year-old Ruby Trick.

Instead she lives in constant fear of school bullies, the dark forest, and the threat of her parents' divorce. Helping her father to catch the killer seems like the only way to keep him close. As long as the killer doesn't catch her first.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780552779654

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I did enjoy this. It had brilliant dark humour in some of the dialogue (Calvin not enjoying being with his girlfriend) , great prose (the sea and it's war with the shingles is excellent) and Ruby as a character is well written. Who the killer is doesn't come as a great surprise though and once this is known, it doesn't take long for the story to complete. This felt more like a Sarah Rayne. I like her books but I was reading a Belinda Bauer. Calvin was the best character of the book, you could see potential in him, maybe another story with him would be very nice.

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A thoroughly good read! Told through the eyes of Ruby is done with authenticity. The evocation of the community in which Ruby lives is superb. Very atmospheric. There's palpable tension as the story unfolds and the killer is revealed ... With even more tension after that! Well written at a great pace. If you like reading crime fiction, give this one a go. I'll be reading more of this author.

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