The Little House

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HarperCollins Publishers, Nov 11, 2011 - Fiction - 368 pages

A contemporary psychological thriller in the style of Ruth Rendell, from one of today’s most versatile and compelling storytellers.

It was easy for Elizabeth. She married the man she loved, bore him two children and made a home for him which was the envy of their friends.

It was harder for Ruth. She married Elizabeth’s son and then found that, somehow, she could never quite measure up...

Isolation, deceit and betrayal fill the gaps between the two individual women and between their different worlds. In this complex thriller, Philippa Gregory deploys all her insight into what women want and what women fear, as Ruth confronts the shifting borders of her own sanity. Laying bare the comfortable conventions of rural England, this spine-tingling novel pulses with suspense until the whiplash double-twist of the denouement.

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User Review  - starbox - LibraryThing

Chick lit with.....a very unexpected denouement. This was quite a compelling read; I followed (though never ENTIRELY believed in) successful radio presenter Ruth, seemingly utterly cowed in the ... Read full review

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Reminded me of The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, an 1892 publication about a woman whose postpartum depression evolves into insanity as she is sent to the countryside, locked in a ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Philippa Gregory is an internationally renowned author of historical novels. She holds a PhD in eighteenth-century literature from the University of Edinburgh. Works that have been adapted for television include A Respectable Trade, The Other Boleyn Girl and The Queen's Fool. The Other Boleyn Girl became a major film, starring Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Eric Bana. Philippa Gregory lives in the North of England with her family.

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