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Should You Ask Me

By Marianne Kavanagh

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A story of love, history, war, murder, revenge and unlikely friendships - sweeping and compulsive, perfect for fans of Sarah Waters and Tracy Chevalier.

'I've come about the bodies. I know who they are.'

Just before D-Day in 1944, on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, an elderly woman walks into a police station. She has information, she says, about human remains recently discovered nearby.

The bodies could have stayed buried for ever - like the pain and passion that put them there. But Mary Holmes is finally ready to tell the truth.

The young constable sent to take her statement is still suffering from the injuries that ended his army career. As he tries to make sense of her tale, William finds himself increasingly distracted. Mary's confession forces his own violent memories to the surface - betrayals and regrets as badly healed as his war wounds.

Over six days, as pressure builds for the final push in Europe, two lives reveal their secrets. Should You Ask Me is a captivating story about people at their worst and best: raw, rich, and utterly compelling.

Biographical Notes

Marianne Kavanagh is a writer and journalist. She has worked on staff for Woman, Tatler, the Sunday Telegraph magazine and British Marie Claire, and has contributed features to a wide variety of newspapers, magazines and websites. She lives in London.

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  • ISBN: 9781473639362
  • Publication date: 22 Feb 2018
  • Page count: 288
  • Imprint: Hodder Paperbacks
An unputdownable combination of thriller and psychological drama — Emma Thompson
An intriguing and atmospheric novel, cleverly interweaving different times and crimes through an elderly and most unreliable narrator...absorbing — Amanda Craig, author of The Lie of the Land
Vivid and brilliantly gripping. I was captivated from the first page. — Esther Freud, author of Hideous Kinky
Marianne Kavanagh's novel succeeds on so many levels. It's a thriller, a love story, a vivid portrait of wartime England, a cautionary tale, but above all, it's a fascinating study of suppressed guilt and the human need for absolution through confession. I absolutely loved it. — David Haig, actor and playwright
Charming, gleeful, a delight...brings Britain at war to vivid life — Guinevere Glasfurd, author of The Words in my Hand
A beautifully written and gripping novel - boldly traversing genres and historical eras, yet always compassionate, wise and humane — Joanna Kavenna, author of A Field Guide to Reality
A moving Hardy-esque story of love, lies and loss thrown into sharp relief by its vivid WW2 setting. Indomitable Mary Holmes is a memorable character. — Elisabeth Wilhide, author of If I Could Tell You
A genuinely mysterious thriller, with an intense sense of time and place - a historical novel of a very different sort — Andrew Marr
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