The Greatcoat by Helen Dunmore
A Ghost Story

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She doesn't need "horror" to spook her readers; our past is bad enough.
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Bestselling novelist Helen Dunmore’s historical novels have earned her comparisons in the press to Tolstoy and Emily Bronte. In her newest book, Dunmore mines the past to chilling effect in this evocative and sophisticated ghost story about a love affair between a neglected wife and a mysterious soldier.

It is the winter of 1952 when Isabel Carey moves to the East Riding of Yorkshire with her new husband, Philip, a medical doctor. While Philip spends long hours working away from home, Isabel finds herself lonely and vulnerable as she adjusts to the realities of being a housewife in the country.

One evening, while Philip is on call, Isabel is woken by intense cold. When she hunts for extra blankets, she discovers an old RAF greatcoat hidden in the back of a cupboard. Sleeping under the coat for warmth, she starts to dream and is soon startled by a knock at her window. Outside is a young RAF pilot wearing the same RAF coat. His name is Alec and his powerful presence disturbs and excites her as they begin an intense affair. Nothing though has prepared her for the truth about Alec’s life, nor the impact it will have on her own.
 

About Helen Dunmore

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Helen Dunmore is the author of eleven novels, including The Betrayal, a New York Times Editors' Choice; The Siege, a national best seller and finalist for the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award; and A Spell of Winter, winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction.
 
Published October 2, 2012 by Atlantic Monthly Press. 224 pages
Genres: History, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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Above average
Reviewed by Sarah Moss on Feb 15 2012

She doesn't need "horror" to spook her readers; our past is bad enough.

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Toronto Star

Good
Reviewed by Nancy Wigston on Jun 01 2012

Helen Dunmore has a well-honed talent for menacing tales...This England — cold, inward looking, limited in its joys — exists within living memory, and Dunmore portrays it vividly.

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