Kept in the Dark: A Novel

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Penguin, Aug 28, 2012 - Fiction - 352 pages
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At the house next door, respectability can hide all manner of sins

Fans of  New York Times bestsellers Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, and The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison will love Penny Hancock’s chilling debut thriller about a woman on the edge. When her neighbor’s fifteen-year-old nephew goes missing, Sonia is the last person that anyone would suspect. At forty-three, she is a strikingly attractive wife and mother. And like the River House, her lovely home overlooking the Thames, Sonia’s life is a picture of perfection and normalcy—until she meets Jez. From the moment he shows up on Sonia’s doorstep, the gorgeous teenage boy awakens a torrent of memories that threaten to reveal a terrifying truth. Drawn to Jez by a compulsion that she scarcely understands, Sonia takes him captive—prepared to sacrifice everything to keep him.


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User Review  - jayne_charles - LibraryThing

This was a great piece of suspense fiction. In it, a middle-aged woman keeps a teenage boy locked up in her house against his will. Comparing and contrasting with John Fowles' "The Collector" in which ... Read full review

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User Review  - bookappeal - LibraryThing

Sonia has lived on the Thames all her life. Her husband tries to convince her to sell and her grown-up daughter and mother agree. But Sonia has memories from living here that continue to haunt her ... Read full review


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Chapter Eleven
Chapter Twelve
Chapter Thirteen
Chapter Fifteen
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About the author (2012)

After several years in London, Penny Hancock now lives in Cambridge with her husband and three children. She is a part-time primary school teacher at a speech and language school and has travelled extensively as a language teacher. This is her first novel.

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