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Marble Heart

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A stunning piece of psychological suspense from the author of Araby.

Two very different women brought together by a secret from the past.

Joan has a tentative grip on the world – she’s too trusting, soft-centred, cheery and straightforward, the sort of woman who still keeps teddy bears on her bed. By nature and by profession, Joan is a carer, employed to look after Nina Rawle, a crisp and sophisticated woman, stricken by a long-term illness. There is a very good reason why Joan has been taken on by Nina (nursing skills aside) and Nina’s tangled past in Northern Ireland, in which a single and fatal act of political passion played a destructive role, has a great deal to do with it. How and why Nina will reveal herself to Joan, whose part in Nina’s past is truly significant, makes for a tense and twisting tale.

This is a quite different novel from Araby. We have here a pure piece of storytelling, a psychological tale with more than a touch of Barbara Vine. The fantastic storytelling skills and exploration of character which made Araby such a gem are in abundance in this new novel.

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Critical Praise

From the reviews of Araby:

‘A beautifully observed study of reconciliation. Mulrooney’s ability to make sense of the contradictions in clear, precise prose is the most remarkable achievement of the novel.’
The Times

‘Mulrooney has a real gift for dialogue, the words and phrases ring true and make her characters wonderfully real. A tenderly funny and genuinely moving piece. I loved it.’
Time Out

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780007485376
  • ISBN 10: 0007485379
  • Imprint: Fourth Estate
  • On Sale: 04/07/2016
  • Pages: 304
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  • BISAC1: FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC2: FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
  • BISAC3: FICTION / Thrillers / Psychological
  • BISAC4: FICTION / Thrillers / Political
  • BISAC5: FICTION / Romance / Suspense

Marble Heart by Gretta Mulrooney

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