The Girl Below: A Novel
by Bianca Zander
Publisher: William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins
Publication Date: June 19, 2012
Source: Review copy from the publisher
Suki Piper is a stranger in her hometown. . . .
After ten years in New Zealand, Suki returns to London, to a city that won’t let her in. However, a chance visit with Peggy—an old family friend who still lives in the building where she grew up—convinces Suki that there is a way to reconnect with the life she left behind a decade earlier. But the more involved she becomes with Peggy’s dysfunctional family, including Peggy’s wayward sixteen-year-old grandson, the more Suki finds herself mysteriously slipping back in time—to the night of a party her parents threw in their garden more than twenty years ago, when something happened in an old, long-unused air-raid shelter. . . .
A breathtaking whirlwind of mystery, transgression, and self-discovery, Bianca Zander’s The Girl Below is a haunting tale of secrets, human frailty, and dark memory that heralds the arrival of an extraordinary new literary talent.
IT WAS ONLY MAY, but the streets flared golden like they do in high summer, and all around me the neighborhood sighed with so much privilege that I felt shut out – a stranger on the block where my childhood took place.
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