Painting the Darkness

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Transworld Publishers Limited, Jan 24, 2012 - Family secrets - 608 pages
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On a mild autumn afternoon in 1882, William Trenchard sits smoking his pipe in the garden of this comfortable family home. When the creak of the garden gate heralds the arrival of an unexpected stranger, he is puzzled but not alarmed. He cannot know the destruction this man will wreak on all he holds most dear...... The stranger announces himself as James Norton, but claims he is in reality Sir James Davenall, the man to whom Trenchard's wife Constance had been engaged, had committed suicide eleven years ago. Sir Hugo, James's younger brother and his mother, Lady Catherine, refuse to recognise Norton and force Trenchard - who fears the loss of his wife's affections - into an uneasy alliance against him. But Trenchard must plumb the depths of his own despair before the dark secrets of the Davenall family can finally, shockingly be revealed.

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User Review  - moonshineandrosefire - LibraryThing

I just finished reading Painting the Darkness by Robert Goddard. It's bit of an involved plot, but I'll try to explain it. One mild autumn day in 1882, William Trenchard sits smoking his pipe in his ... Read full review

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User Review  - caroren - LibraryThing

Is he or isn't he? The year is 1882 and London is buzzing with the news that James Davenall, missing for 11 years, presumed dead, and now calling himself Norton, has come back to wrest the baronetcy ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Robert Goddard was an educational administrator before becoming a full-time novelist. Among his many bestselling works, Into the Blue won the first WH Smith Thumping Good Read Award and was dramatized for TV, starring John Thaw.

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