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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: 21.7 x 14.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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From Library Journal

More psychological suspense from a well-known Britisher (Act of Violence, LJ 7/98), this effort follows the local secrets exposed by a stranger and the aftermath when her true identity is discovered. Captivating and full-bodied.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Life, it seems, continues on an imperturbable course in cozy Northtown until the arrival of two strangers. One is Emily Frost, whom her godmother Isabel Vernon, though she hasn't seen her for many years, bails out of prison after she's arrested for an environmental demonstration turned violent. The other is Godfrey Sutton, paid off long ago to leave sheltered Alice Watkinson alone, who now returns to find that he's got a four-year-old daughter, Rowena. With a few deft strokes, Yorke (Act of Violence, 1998, etc.) brings these two lost souls together but doesn't move them to share their secrets: Godfrey, that Rowena Watkinson is the daughter he's determined to get access to; Emily, that she isn't Emily Frost at all. As the two plot at darkly comic cross-purposesGodfrey's designs against Alice and the frail parents who booted him out turning from extortion to abductionYorke patiently reveals the ways in which these two pariahs are expressing the resentment that's already been seething inside lonely Alice Watson and ill-matched Isabel and her primly minatory husband Douglas, civil servant and landscape gardener (one of the authors slyest portraits of engorged self-satisfaction). Even after the final quiet twist, you'll be wishing you could spend more time among Yorke's dextrously skewered misfits. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Another Winner from Ms. Yorke! May 14 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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
By Mary Martin - Published on Amazon.com
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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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