The Cat Sanctuary, Paperback Book
2.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


A powerful and moving novel in which Patrick Gale casts a compassionate yet satirically sharp eye over the pains and abuses inflicted by families, friends and lovers.Judith and Deborah are sisters driven apart by traumatic events in their childhood, but thrown back together again when Deborah's diplomat husband is accidentally assassinated.

Judith's lover, Joanna, the instigator of this awkward reunion, finds that as the sisters' murky past is raked up, so too is her own, and the three women become embroiled in a tangle of passion and recrimination.


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  It was always going to happen one day - a Patrick Gale novel I didn't enjoy. This had the familiar West Country/gay character axis, but didn't grip me the way all his others have. There seemed to be too little drama and too much concentration on shopping or what everyone orders in a restaurant. All the characters have some kind of secret or reach some kind of understanding with themselves through events, but it was as though these were hastily dealt with in a paragraph or so and then shut away in a cupboard to make way for some random musing about the landscape or whatever. Disappointing.