Tide was nearly full. Mist lay in a grey scarf along the line of the cliffs. .. and they walked home hand in hand through the slanting shadows of the new darkness.
I am now two thirds through this book and its just turned into a mystery thriller now! Mike, the main man, has failed to find his wife though he thinks she has visited the house once , his work continues to dominate his daily life and he spends a lot of time with his young attractive married assistant. As the weeks go by and he fails to find his wife, he becomes more aware of his assistant(Stella) who is having trouble within her own marriage as her older ill husband requires a lot of care and support. Work throws them an opportunity to be alone and when they get stranded in the moutains of wales and have to spend the night there, their feelings and desire for each other prove too strong to resist. On his return , Mike discovers that Stellas husband was an eminent scientist whose ground breaking work has resulted in his contracting leukaemia and he is dying. Mike then receives a petition for divorce from his wife accusing him of infidelity with Stella though in fact the dates put forward are well before the time their relationship did become adulterous. Mike realises he must have been followed and spied on by a private investigator. He does not wish to cause Stellas husband any furthur distress by the public scandal that this may casue so he is more determined to find his wife to let her have her divorce on other grounds. He returns to his house and during a thunderstorm trying to find out what his dog is so excited about, goes down into the cellar and finds the body of his long dead wife............. WG does his research so well and this book is based around a Scientist whose work involves the development of a technique to find uranium in the ground by aircraft (at least i think thats the gist of it) but it is detailed in parts and some of it goes over my unscientific little head. The actual characters are very likeable and well meaning and the love story that is unfolding is appealing. WG has a way of creating realistic characters who despite sometimes behaving in dishonourable or unpleasant ways still engage and maintain the readers sympathies and affection.I look forward to seeing how it wil turn out.
19. The Sleeping Partner - 1956.
"A deeply moving and admirably written story: Mr. Graham never strikes a false note." - Daily Mail.
"Has Lynn been driven away by her husband's preoccupation with his experiment, or by his friendship with the pretty laboratory assistant who has a dying husband ? If so, why do the police become interested in her disappearance ? Here is an absorbing mystery, and an impressive psychological study with a moving love story." - Daily Telegraph.
"Tense suspense thriller with strong and death-wishful undertones." - Observer.
"The incomparable Winston Graham....who has everything that anyone else has, then a whole lot more." - Guardian.
"An author with an almost unique understanding of the modern mind." - Birmingham Mail.
"Full of psychological insight and shrewd observation." - Manchester Evening News.
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"When someone isn't home when you expect them to be, and when after a decent interval they still don't turn up and send no message and have left no note, it's natural to get anxious. But there's still a lack of decisive event. There's no exact moment before which it was silly to ring the police or the nearest hospital and after which it is silly not to. Your ears are all the time waiting for the click of the door, the quick familiar foorsteps and the breathless glove-peeling apology. So I didn't do anything more to find her all night."
-- Edited by Ross Poldark on Saturday 26th of January 2013 09:59:05 PM
"Perfection is a full stop .... Ever the climbing but never the attaining Of the mountain top." W.G.