Set in Stone

Set in Stone

Paperback - 2000
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Recovering from the recent death of his wife in a cliff fall, Tony Sheridan goes to stay with her sister and her husband at their house in Rutland. The house, called Otherways, is in some senses a character in the story: a strange, circular, moted construction dating from Edwardian times.

Disturbed by memories of his wife and a growing attraction to her sister, and troubled by vivid dreams, Sheridan learns that a murder committed at the house in 1939 still has resonances for those living in the neighbourhood, including the sister of the murdered woman.

There is a scandal surrounding the murderer's brother, and enough hints of other mysteries to forewarn Sheridan of impending disaster as he embarks on a secret affair. But that disaster is far worse than a friendship betrayed. Its nature is revealed by the ghosts that have haunted Otherways over the years - of whom he comes to fear that he may be one himself.

Publisher: London, Eng. ; Toronto, Ont. : Corgi Books, 2000, c1999.
Edition: Corgi edition
ISBN: 9780552146012
Characteristics: 409 pages ;,18 cm.


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Dec 23, 2013

A confluence of cloak and dagger, surreal manifestations, and time's provision of fleeting, yet strangely cyclical, choices: life buffeted by the seen and unseen forces beyond one's limited comprehension and control. In the end, Set in Stone provides for introspection and contemplation of the intangibles that frame our reality. Intricately memorable; well worth the read.

Feb 03, 2003

After the tragic death of his wife, Tony Sheridan goes to live with his sister-in-law, Lucy, and his best friend, Matt in their newly acquired home, Otherways. It is a moated, round house that holds secrets and imposes visions on its inhabitants that reflect the tragedies that have become part of its very mortar. Tony starts to investigate a murder that was committed at Otherways in 1939, when he finds himself reliving history, and perhaps seeing into the future. What is real and what could be real soon become entangled in his mind until he finds the key to the murder and perhaps the death of his wife. This book, told in the first person, starts slow but builds to a frightening climax where no one is as they seem and the supernatural blurs the lines of past, present, and future. I couldn''t put it down!

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