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Postcards from Berlin
Synopses & Reviews
It is the first day after Christmas break, and Catriona Lydgate's daughter, Daisy, has been ill for weeks with a mysterious flu. She seems better, but when Cat tries to drop her off at the school gate, Daisy wraps herself around Cat, too sick to go in. Cat looks into her daughter's eyes and is struck with the fear that something is seriously wrong.
But her doctors can't find anything. Cat takes Daisy through a series of examinations, but the doctors are skeptical. Perhaps it is something in her daughter's head, they suggest. Perhaps Cat is being manipulated?
With a fierce maternal urgency, Cat searches until she finds a doctor who takes her seriously, who listens at length, who believes this is a life-or-death matter. Cat trusts him with Daisy's life — until it becomes clear that he suspects Cat herself is deliberately making her child ill.
From that moment, Cat's life becomes not one hell but two: She lives in fear for her daughter's life, and at the same time her concern is turned against her as her doctors and even her husband scrutinize her every act. And Cat's life is not free of dangerous secrets. She begins to lie about her past, afraid that long-hidden events in her childhood could seal the case against her. For months she has concealed postcards that have been arriving from Europe, notes that threaten to blow her life wide open. For it is Catriona's past that has the power to save or destroy her — and there is nothing she won't do to protect the thing she loves most.
With almost unbearable suspense, Postcards from Berlin takes readers into a nightmare where love is suspect and concern turns into harm. With dazzling psychological insight and a profound understanding of the power of a woman's love, Margaret Leroy has crafted an unforgettable novel that touches the deepest core of human experience.
"Margaret Leroy writes like a dream. Postcards from Berlin is both a thriller and a love story — one that is all the more moving because it is about the love between a mother and her child. Gripping, disturbing, and moving, Postcards from Berlin goes straight to the heart." Tony Parsons, author of Man and Boy
"What a storyteller Leroy is, and what an eye she has for contemporary life, not just the horror of it, but the beauty as well." Fay Weldon, author of The Bulgari Connection and The Life and Loves of a She-Devil
"Margaret Leroy writes with candor and intelligence, capturing the menace of suddenly finding that the world may not be at all as you've thought it." Helen Dunmore, author of The Siege and Talking to the Dead
The resolution of Leroy's novel has a fairy-tale aspect, but fairy tales can nevertheless be very absorbing....I was eager to find out what would happen next. I dreaded the worst and hoped for the best — and I won't tell you which takes place." Margot Livesey, New York Times
"This is a gripping medical mystery from an assured writer who could be the next Minette Walters. Highly recommended." Library Journal
About the Author
Margaret Leroy studied music at St. Hilda's College, Oxford, and has worked as a music therapist, play leader, shop assistant, and social worker. She is the author of numerous books and lives in London.
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