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False Pretences Hardcover – Mar 22 1999


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (March 22 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312199759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312199753
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 14 1999
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This is a very British novel along the lines of Ruth Rendell (but not as intense!) and is rather typical of Ms. Yorke, whose work I feel is sadly overlooked. Her novels are wonderfully descriptive of the modern day life of genteel, intelligent middleaged women who find themselves in dangerous/mysterious situations. This novel's heroine is a goodhearted independent lady in a blah marriage who takes the big step of bringing a girl she believes to be her godchild into her home. The girl goes to work as a nanny for a neighboring family and a kidnapping plot unfolds. Smart, amusing, clever, sad, suspenseful as all of Ms. Yorke's novels are. Detailed portrait of modern day English lives. I highly recommend it, and all of the author's wonderful novels.
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Margaret Yorke captures the desperation of the unhappy housewife and the lonely and abused teen. She seems to be a master of making the reader feel empathetic toward her characters. The evil in the character of Godfrey added the touch of menace that makes for a good read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Another Winner from Ms. Yorke! May 14 1999
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Format: Hardcover
This is a very British novel along the lines of Ruth Rendell (but not as intense!) and is rather typical of Ms. Yorke, whose work I feel is sadly overlooked. Her novels are wonderfully descriptive of the modern day life of genteel, intelligent middleaged women who find themselves in dangerous/mysterious situations. This novel's heroine is a goodhearted independent lady in a blah marriage who takes the big step of bringing a girl she believes to be her godchild into her home. The girl goes to work as a nanny for a neighboring family and a kidnapping plot unfolds. Smart, amusing, clever, sad, suspenseful as all of Ms. Yorke's novels are. Detailed portrait of modern day English lives. I highly recommend it, and all of the author's wonderful novels.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
An excellent portrayal of the menace in our everyday life. Jan. 6 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Margaret Yorke captures the desperation of the unhappy housewife and the lonely and abused teen. She seems to be a master of making the reader feel empathetic toward her characters. The evil in the character of Godfrey added the touch of menace that makes for a good read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
False Pretenses Feb. 3 2010
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Margaret Yorke is a world unto herself. Her mysteries are tight, detailed, interesting and always contain a twist.
Twists and turns, human failure and hope Feb. 25 2013
By Stella Dunn - Published on Amazon.com
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Couldn't put this down. The character development was amazing and I found myself feeling
sad, angry and then hopeful and completely absorbed in the "mystery" of lives intertwining.
This is not a light read. Irony and justice and the senselessness for those who fall through
the cracks. And the beauty in some who are able to rise above it. This book will stretch you.

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