The Housekeeper by Melanie Wallace

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A chilling, literary novel about a nomadic young woman who becomes
tangled in the stories of her past and the search for a wild boy.
Teenage runaway Jamie Hall—entrapped by circumstance and poverty—seems incapable of escaping the mountain-and-valley watershed that was the birthplace of her maternal grandparents. Working as a housekeeper for Margaret, a retired photographer who leaves behind a pictorial chronicle of the valley’s history, Jamie finds herself trapped in a town—and amongst a group of locals—unable to shake the relentless grip of the past.
There’s an ancient postmaster who lives through his memories of Jamie’s grandmother, the woman he loved but who was never his. There’s Galen, an ex-con who falls in love with Jamie, and who finds himself threatened by Harlan, a childhood friend who has become a murderous poacher. And then there’s the wild boy tied to a tree. When Jamie sets him free, she unintentionally involves both Galen and Harlan in a fatal chase and unleashes a force of evil that will haunt her for the rest of her life.

With an unforgettable cast of characters and gorgeous, piercing prose, The Housekeeper is at once a poetic meditation on landscape and a page-turning thriller.

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Melanie Wallace is the author of Blue Horse Dreaming. She and her husband live in Myloi, an agrarian village below the Ohi mountain range in Greece, and in Paris.
 

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Melanie Wallace is the author of Blue Horse Dreaming. She and her husband live in Myloi, an agrarian village below the Ohi mountain range in Greece, and in Paris.
 
Published April 30, 2010 by MP Publishing Limited. 306 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Crime. Fiction

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But then Jamie recalls a scene from her past: Looking out the window of the apartment she shared with her mother, she sees a “long useless and long unused canal that barely flowed, which in summer was thick with scum, floating garbage, the bellied-up carcasses of small animals no one could recogn...

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In Wallace's second beautifully written novel (after Blue Horse Dreaming ), the titular character is Jamie, a 17-year-old on the lam from being placed in a foster home after her mother's cancer death.

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By the time she was 16, Jamie had lost everyone she loved.

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