A Room Swept White

A Room Swept White

eBook - 2010
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International bestselling author Sophie Hannah creates a brilliantly sinister atmosphere in this psychologically and socially acute novel that explores the bond between mothers and their babies, the tragedies of crib death and infanticide, and the effect of incompetent pathologists.

Documentary producer Fliss Benson receives an anonymous card at work. The card has 16 numbers on it, arranged in four rows of four--numbers that mean nothing to her. On the same day, Fliss finds out she's going to be working on a documentary about miscarriages of justice involving crib-death mothers wrongly accused of murder. The documentary will focus on three women: Helen Yardley, Sarah Jaggard, and Rachel Hind.

All three women are now free, and the doctor who did her best to send them to prison for life, child protection zealot Dr Judith Duffy, is under investigation for misconduct. For reasons she has shared with nobody, Fliss has decided that this is her last project.

And then Helen Yardley is found dead at her home, and in her pocket is a card with 16 numbers on it, arranged in four rows of four...

Publisher: Toronto :, Penguin Group (Canada),, 2010
ISBN: 9780143178729
Branch Call Number: e-book
Alternative Title: Library2Go

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Cdnbookworm Sep 16, 2012

This is a novel with psychological twists and turns that will keep you glued to your chair. The focus is women who have been accused of murdering either their own children or children they have been minding. The main characters is Fliss Benson a television producer, a lower rung producer at her firm until something happens that causes her to be in charge of a documentary already partially done. At first she is reluctant to take on the job, feeling manipulated and wary of her own past, but soon finds that her zeal for truth and attention to detail make her the perfect person to take on the project.
The police are also on the case following the murder of a woman acquitted on retrial of her children's murders. There are divisions within the police ranks, some very interesting personalities both in the police and in the other characters, and stories with no easy answers.
Fliss develops from a mousy woman with no sense of her own worth into a confident woman driven by her zeal for truth. A great read.

Jun 14, 2012

While I enjoyed Hannah's early novels, this one was simply bad. I will not read anymore.

Dec 03, 2010

Poorly written, but I felt compelled to finish the book in order to find out "whodunnit.' However, the ending has no resolution. This book is not worth slogging through. Put it back on the shelf right now. Ick!

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