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Folly Hardcover – 8 May 2001

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperCollins (8 May 2001)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0007111339
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0007111336
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 122 ratings

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Praise for Laurie R King:

‘A compelling, effective piece of writing’
Publishers Weekly (Night Work)

‘Brilliantly written… it is both intriguing and wholly absorbing’
T. J. Binyon, Evening Standard (Birth of a New Moon)

‘Well-written and totally gripping’
Guardian (Birth of a New Moon)

‘Pacy, skilfully layered narrative, notable for its wit, affection and unflashy know-how’
Literary Review (of With Child)

‘Original, and subtle’
Evening Standard (of To Play the Fool)

From the Back Cover

"If there is a new P.D.James, I would put my money on Laurie R. King"
BOSTON GLOBE

A lonely island off the northwest coast of America. A ruined folly. A woman's fight to reconstruct her life after the devastating loss of her husband and daughter. A threat from the past …

Rae Newborn, shattered after a catastrophic nervous breakdown and an attempted rape, is left on a deserted island off the coast of Washington State. Her aim is single-handedly to rebuild a family house destroyed by fire back in the nineteen twenties. All she wants is to be left in peace, but memories and real life intrude. Her nights are haunted by ghosts from her past and fears that the monsters lying there will return; her days interrupted by unwelcome visits from the local police and a mysterious intruder.

Her tranquillity is truly disturbed when she makes a discovery in the foundations of the house, one that throws a dark shadow over her whole family history. What really happened on the island eighty years ago? And what was the truth behind her great uncle's disappearance after his return, shell-shocked, from the trenches of the First World War? Violence comes down through the years to explode once again on the isolated island, this time threatening to destroy not just Rae but future generations as well.

'Folly' is a moving, compelling psychological suspense novel from the award-winning author of 'the Birth of a New Moon' and 'Night Work'

Acclaim for 'The Birth of a New Moon'

"Well-written and totally gripping"
LUCRETIA STEWART, 'Guardian'

"Brilliantly written… it is both intriguing and wholly absorbing"
TJ BINYON, 'Evening Standard'

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