When a stranger is welcomed into a small British country town, she brings many of the community's long-buried secrets to the surface. But when a young girl is kidnapped, questions about the true identity of the stranger emerge....
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False Pretences Reviews
False Pretenses, by Margaret Yorke. B-plus. Downloaded from audible.com.Isabelle is very frustrated. She has been contacted by her god-daughter whom she hasn’t seen since the girl was a child. Emily’s mother, Isabelle’s best friend, had died four years ago and she felt guilty for not keeping track of her god-daughter. The reason Emily was in touch with her now was that she had been protesting the building of a road. She and her group were camping in the middle of the construction so it couldn’t go forward. The police came to evict them, there was some violence, and Emily was arrested. She needed someone to bail her out and vouch for her until her hearing. Isabelle went to the jail. She didn’t recognize Emily at all, and physically she looked very different from when she was a child. She brought Emily home with her. Her husband, Douglas was totally displeased that Isabelle was doing something he hadn’t approved of in advance. Emily was an industrious and generous girl. She was hired to look after a little girl in another house in town, and everyone liked her for her generosity and willingness to pitch in. However, Isabelle began to be suspicious that Emily was not really the person she said she was. She came to the conclusion that she was an impostor for her real god-daughter. Then, Alice, the mother of Emily’s charge, got notice that the man who walked away from her before even knowing she was pregnant, now wanted access to his child. He only wanted to get money from the family. These two plots converge in a story which ends in tragedy. This is my first Margaret Yorke, and I liked it a lot.
I'd like to have given it a two and a half. It was an engaging tale, but the patriarchal society pictured here just grated on me. I know it was set a few years ago (1980's I guess), in a stuffy English village, but the attitudes displayed seemed from another era entirely, say 1950's or something, which didn't sit comfortably with occasional references to 'the internet' etc.And why does the cover picture show a THIN woman? It is obviously supposed to be Emily with her shaven hair and earring, but a crucial point about her is that she was a fat woman.
I don't know what it is about British mystery books that I love so much. Maybe it is the social distinctions that aren't as apparent here in Canada, or the different turns of phrase that pop up, or maybe I am simply an Anglophile. Here is a book that has a bit of mystery wrapped in life and relationships and judgements and defiances. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I liked the way this author wrote this.If the stuffy stiffs in this British novel were any stuffier they'd be futons...a little harder and more uncomfortable each day. The characters are wonderfully contrasted. I found the underlying depiction of the class struggles in England interesting.I even felt a desire to put on sensible footwear and go for a brisk walk followed by tea and biscuits.
I really enjoyed this Yorke book. I felt sorry for the young girl Emily, and as much as I had guessed that she wasn't the real Emily I had no idea they were going to kill her off. I figured she would get saved from the field and live to explain all about her experiences and how she came to be Emily.
Though my mother has read her for years, this is my first Margaret Yorke book. I expected a traditional mystery and was pleasantly surprised with more. There is plenty of suspense, but the story has the full depth of well crafted, fully formed humans working through some of life's tragically real events. I'll read more Yorke now.
Suggested by Claudette.
Margaret Yorke never disappoints, at least not me. Though part of the ending not too big a surprise, the final few paragraphs were.
I "read" this on the drive back from Iowa and found it surprisingly enjoyable.
My first Margaret Yorke and it won't be my last. Not a typical mystery, lots of character-driven interaction, built up to suspense, and well written.