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A Place Of Secrets, By Rachel Hore
Friday 17 September 2010
"How tiny and random are the events that shape our destiny". So begins Rachel Hore's intriguing Richard and Judy recommended read, which is layered with a series of mysteries, some more supernatural than others.
Jude, an auctioneer grieving the death of her husband, and hoping to lose herself in an assignment of valuing the collection of Anthony Wickham, a lonely 18th-century astronomer in Norfolk, finds that the task of unravelling his family history takes on a personal, present-day resonance.
Another, more elusive mystery comes in the shape of recurring nightmares experienced by Jude's six-year-old niece, Summer, which turn out to be identical to those that Jude suffered as a child.
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