Beyond Black

Beyond Black

eBook - 2008
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Alison Hart, a medium by trade, tours the dormitory towns of London's orbital ring road with her flint-hearted sidekick, Colette, passing on messages from beloved dead ancestors. But behind her plump, smiling persona hides a desperate woman: she knows the terrors the next life holds but must conceal them from her wide-eyed clients. At the same time she is plagued by spirits from her own past, who infiltrate her body and home, becoming stronger and nastier the more she resists. Shortlisted for the Orange Prize, Hilary Mantel's supremely suspenseful novel is a masterpiece of dark humour and even darker secrets.
Publisher: London :, Harper Perennial,, 2008.
ISBN: 9780007528479
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 online resource (451 pages))
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Additional Contributors: Askews and Holts Library Services

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gendeg
May 01, 2015

Overall, Beyond Black is a hard book to like and embrace. There’s a choked grimness to the characters’ lives. The vitriol is thick. The banality of the evil that lurks among Alison’s spiteful ghosts can be overwhelmingly depressing, long after you’ve stopped laughing and want to turn away in horror.

This story is disturbing and feels like a trip down a very dark rabbit hole. At the bottom of the hole is child neglect and child sexual abuse. The resolution is poor and the two main characters find a strange truth about their lives which does not suggest to the reader that they will ever recover. I would NOT recommend this book.

A darkly funny novel about the odd relationships formed among the living and the dead. A creepy, humorous contemporary, ghost story

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c_anderson
May 27, 2010

This is a superb book, and incredibly creepy.

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