An explosion destroyed a whole house and tearing four people dead, including a young couple who wanted to give the knot the next day. To this terrible event around the American author Bill Clegg a puzzle that tells the course of events with a number of secondary and histories of a dozen prospects. Only at the end of the novel gives a complete picture, and only then, the question is clear who is to blame for the disaster. From the beginning, the suspicion is too pushy drawn to a person, but the getuschelte behind closed doors accusation is obviously bad and when they might be true.
The truth that is waiting on the last pages, is as profane as staggering.
The Cottage, which is later destroyed by the flames, heard June Reid, a rich gallery owner from New York. On weekends, she studied in the New England idyll of village wells, Connecticut, peace and distance. Adam, a bon vivant who likes to get involved with sexual adventures with younger women, she is divorced, without revealing their daughter Lolly ever the truth about him.
That Lolly, then fourteen, the blame for the parental separation her mother zuschob, the father still idolized and mentally, spatially and temporally stayed away from the mother, she had to accept.
learn as a student Lolly the know sympathetic peers Will. Enviable intact family feels Lolly closer than the shattered own. Will soon Lolly makes a marriage proposal. The wedding is to take place in Wells. Wills parents and Adam also travel to.
While Wills parents relate a room in a motel.
The devastating fire return the couple and the two ex-partner Adam and June in the cottage, as well as Luke, June’s young lover. The night before the wedding survived June as Single. After that, she leaves the scene of the accident, which you took their lives, the four favorite people, forever.
Even if the question of the cause of the fire or the arsonist -. The police is their already meager investigation quickly – in foreground remains and provides a distinct voltage curve, is the novel worth reading no crime, but a complex picture of the social fabric of a small American town. the fragmentation is used to its differentiation into an unusual number of narrative perspectives, many of which appear quite unimportant, at least in the narrow view of the “Krimiplot.” the newly rich shake at the foundations of the middle-class community of New York, which also belongs June. Buy properties and make everyday wide. It is at their service, cleans their homes, cares for their gardens, worried their purchases, but they are not integrated. For this is already their lifestyle often too different.
So even Junes unequal love affair encounters throughout the village on alienation and rejection. Only Luke’s dark skin already marked him as an outsider. But daughter Lolly does come out hard so that Luke could be almost half the age of her mother, her brother. Moreover, the good-looking man has a questionable past. raised by the single mother without him knew his biological father, was the talented swimmer in high school with a funded scholarship sports career open until drugs found on him and he went to prison. For the village community is identified from the beginning that he was the arsonist.
The story of Luke’s mother is another example of how quickly someone who the Code of Conduct does not want to submit to, or can, is excluded , The attractive, sought-after by many men Lydia Morey once had with a stranger and sat by their safe marriage to the wealthy Earl Morey risk. That this was violent, beat her in a drunken state and they simply longed only for some short-term security and warmth, we learn from her story. As an acknowledgment it remains dubious reputation as a wicked bitch who see men as a kind of outlaws and dress always believe we may.
Like Lydia, there are other characters with maimed souls that not the inner circle the protagonists are, the experiences of the author but sent interwoven with the actual plot. At appropriate time, the paths cross, few people run a little bit together, and then separate again. Bill Clegg presents its readers a variety sensitively drawn life images with even culpably or fateful suffering, desires, injuries, misunderstandings, long-wearing debt. taken together, they all form a dreary heavyweight in his first novel ( ” Did you ever have a family < ” Bill Clegg:” Did you ever have a family “with”.