'I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.' L.M. Montgomery

'There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books.' Irving Stone



Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Masters of the House by Robert Barnard

From the back cover:
'In the late winter of 1979, Leeds housewife Ellen Heenan dies in childbirth-abandoning a guilt-stricken husband to insanity's grasp and leaving four young children to fend for themselves. Thirteen year old Matthew and Annie, age twelve, know what the authorities will do if they learn of Father's debilitating madness. A close knit family will be speedily unravelled, its threads scattered carelessly to the winds. So deception is the only recourse - a facade of normalcy that must be carefully constructed to fool prying neighborhood eyes. And resourceful young Matthew and his sister have the situation well in hand - until a freshly slain corpse turns up beneath the kitchen window...'

The beginning of this book was a little, I don't know the word, hokey, I guess. I didn't think I would even finish it. I'm glad I did though! Turned out to be a pretty decent read. A little unbelievable behavior now and then from kids but a nice little puzzle and view into human nature. 

Peggy Ann


6 comments:

  1. Hmmm...not sure what to think about this one...

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    1. From what you review on your blog this one is probably not for you Patty!

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  2. I've read one book by this author, Fete Fatale, and thought it was quite good. I never did get around to reading any others.

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    1. I read A Stranger in the Family several years ago and didn't like it. Wasn't sure about reading more but this one was decent and I'll read the others on my shelf. Not my favorite but good.

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  3. I really liked his book 'Out of the Blackout.' He's a neat mix of traditional mystery with a wicked sense of humor.

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