by Mary Rose Callaghan - £10.99 Brandon / Mount Eagle Publications Ltd (2007)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780863223662 | ISBN 10: 0863223664
A compelling, dramatic story of schizophrenia, murder and the rush to judgement; a story of prejudice and consequent tragedy. A teenage girl is brutally murdered, and Billy, a schizophrenic, is accused.
With its echoes of cases such as the Jill Dando murder, this moving and topical novel about society's failure towards the mentally ill tells an engrossing, resonant story.
This moving novel is about a mentally ill man and his need for a home. It is also a mystery novel, set in present day suburbia. A thirty-year old woman travels to London to identify a body that has been fished out of the Thames; it is believed to be that of her brother, Billy. The narrative flashes back to the brutal murder of a teenage girl when Billy is regarded suspiciously by the neighbours, one of whom sends poison pen letters.
"At the heart of this innocent-seeming novel lies a scathing critique of attitudes to mental illness. Mary Rose Callaghan’s velvet-gloved hand wields a pen as sharp as a razor. An honest look at how we really are, this is not a novel to forget in a hurry."
(Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Orange Prize shortlisted novelist.)
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