The Drowning People by Richard Mason

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It is a cold afternoon in winter. An old man sits in a room high above the sea, watching the sun set. It is twenty-four hours since the death of his wife at Seton Castle, the home they had shared for more than forty years. And as it grows dark, he tries to make sense of a life only recently understood; and to explain how he, by no means a violent man, has come to kill in cold blood...
 

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RICHARD MASON (1919–1997) was a British author who learned Japanese during WWII and lived in Hong Kong after the war, where his experiences led him to write The World of Suzie Wong.
 
Published October 23, 2008 by Vision. 402 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Though educated and raised in America, Ella confides to James that she stands to inherit Selon Castle and its island, a family property Ella’s cousin Sarah yearns to inhabit.

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The startling opening sentence (My wife of more than 45 years shot herself yesterday afternoon) and the compelling voice of narrator James Farrell draw the reader into the emotional vortex of this acc

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The startling opening sentence (My wife of more than 45 years shot herself yesterday afternoon) and the compelling voice of narrator James Farrell draw the reader into the emotional vortex of this accomplished debut novel by a 20-year-old British writer.

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Entertainment Weekly

The whole thing reads like a high school essay — ''write the story as if you were Charlotte Bronte'' — but the fact that such a derivative work got published isn't surprising given the 21-year-old British author Richard Mason's Heathcliff-handsome looks.

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When he and Ella come together again, a new player has arrived front and center, Sarah Harcourt, Ella's cousin, her carbon copy in looks, but as different from Ella as ice is from warm water.

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My only complaint is that I felt that even though the main character, James, narrates the book in circumspection about events leading to his wife's murder, I never felt that his character is completely fleshed out.

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