Author(s): Serena Mackesy
Old friends are good; dead friends are trickier. Rosie knows the score - she learned it young and she learned it well. Rely on no-one, believe in nothing and you won't get hurt. Tell people what they want to hear, and they will invariably believe you. So armed with a psychology degree, a sympathetic face and a fear of the rat race, Rosie makes a successful living as a tarot reader and psychic on the festival circuit. She's a spinner of yarns, a supplier of empathy, a modern gypsy with a mobile phone and a laptop... and it's a lifestyle she's learned to like. But a bang on the head and a surprise encounter in a pub loo casts. Everything Rosie believes - and doesn't believe - into chaos... 'You wouldn't take on a cleaner without checking out their references. What possessed you to do it with a husband?' When Mel, an Australian abroad, falls in love with Rufus, the archetypal Englishman, she has no idea what she's letting herself in for. But it is only when their azure Mediterranean courtship is transported to the green fields of England that Melody's doubts set in. For Rufus is heir to the thousand-year-old Bourton Allhallows estate, and Melody is soon painfully aware that, in his family's eyes, an antipodean backpacker is far from the ideal wife. Trapped in a way of life she assumed had long vanished - awash in a stew of formal meals, unhampered snobbery, incomprehensible rules and crumbling masonry - Melody begins to fear for the future of her marriage. And when ancient and not-so-ancient secrets begin to emerge, she faces the disturbing realization that the stakes are far, far higher than she'd imagined... First published 2005.
A stunning comic tour de force from the bestselling author of THE TEMP ... 20030402
"Imagine a modern-day Rebecca, mixed with a suspense-filled Gothic novel and served up with generous helpings of wit -- a real treat."
"A very funny novel about love, friendship, revenge and finding yourself."
Serena Mackesy started at the Independent as a temp, and has now been a journalist for over ten years. Both her bestselling first novel, The Temp, and her second novel, Virtue, were published by Arrow to great critical acclaim. She lives in London.