It’s 1969 and Mary Schormann is living quietly in Wales with her ex-POW husband, Peter, and her teenage twins, Richard and Victoria.
Her niece, Linda Booth, is a nurse – following in Mary’s footsteps – and works in the maternity ward of her local hospital in Lancashire.
At the end of a long night shift, a bullying new father visits the maternity ward and brings back Linda’s darkest nightmares, her terror of being locked in. Who is this man, and why does he scare her so?
There are secrets dating back to the war that still haunt the family, and finding out what lies at their root might be the only way Linda can escape their murderous consequences.
Sequel to the acclaimed Changing Patterns and Pattern of Shadows:
“Judith Barrow has not written an ordinary romance but a book that deals with important issues which are still relevant today… an excellent debut novel.”
Historical Novels Review
“Judith Barrow has written, with great intensity of emotions, an absorbing saga…”
“well-paced, gritty love story”
“An unforgettable debut novel – perfectly paced”
“Barrow’s thoughtful and atmospheric novel shines a light on the shadowy corners of family life…”
Lancashire Evening Post
“a gripping read.”
This is the final book of Judith Barrow’s trilogy and is set in 1969. I was caught up in this story from the moment I began reading, remembering so many parallels with my own growing up in the sixties. There was Victoria seeking independence; wanting to escape from living in the shadow of a favoured twin brother and constant battles with her parents. Then Linda, with a career in nursing, caught between settling down and keeping her freedom. Jackie, a policewoman, was in a forbidden relationship which if revealed could see her behind bars. There was Richard too, who by simply wearing a parka becomes the target for a gang of bikers. Judith’s brilliantly descriptive writing took me right back to those times.
When Richard is rescued from the bikers by pretty girl called Karen driving a Mini, he asks her out. Soon they are seeing each other regularly. Eventually he invites her to meet his family, not realising her bullying stepfather, George, is someone linked to their past. His cousin Linda has run into him too, and he scares her…the question is why?
Saga, great drama, a younger generation finding their feet in post war Britain; it was all therein spadefuls and in such accurate detail I felt I was back there. I loved the structure too, where we were treated to little ‘bites’ of one character at a time as the story progressed. A great trip down memory lane and a lovely, lovely read. Thank you!
ABOUT JUDITH BARROW
Judith Barrow has lived in Pembrokeshire for thirty years. She is the author of three novels, and has published poetry and short fiction, winning several poetry competitions, as well as writing three children’s books and a play performed at the Dylan Thomas Centre. Judith grew up in the Pennines, has degrees in literature and creative writing and makes regular appearances at literary festivals.
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