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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Boarding House Reach by Peter Crawley

This is a story that is character driven. I also like stories where disparate characters come seemingly randomly together and form the story as a whole.

In this one five separate people come to a boarding house in Strand-next-the-Sea. Each one comes for a completely different reason but there are strands in each one's story which is sometimes linked to the other by very tenuous threads as it were. 

The Reach which is the name of our house offers a safe house for the five people - Phoebe, Audrey, Hacker, Phillip and our landlady Stella. A story of love and rejection, blackmail and long forgotton history - but our characters know that nothing can be forgotton because the past always has a link to the present and the future and you really cannot completely put it behind you.

Very interestingly told. It was a bit slow for me at the beginning but it picked up very nicely and I liked the way it was presented. 

This book came to me via Netgalley courtesy of Troubador Publishing Limited.


  1. This sounds like a really interesting book. I'm glad it picked up after the first section.

    Kate @ Ex Libris

  2. This sounds different and worth trying. Thanks for making us aware of it - nice review.

  3. That does sound interesting. I also love when very different characters are pulled together in a new circumstance - great review!

  4. boarding houses were once the apartment complexes of cities. Many great novels and stories were set in them.