Dream On (Constable crime)

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Elizabeth and her daughter Nina do not care for each other. Brooding, difficult and sexually provocative, Nina is heading for trouble. When an arsonist burns the school, and then kills someone, Elizabeth is sure her daughter is involved.'

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Anthea Cohen has established a considerable following for her beguiling Avenging Angels series, but Dream On represents a new direction for her. This psychologically fraught domestic mystery is filled with compelling detail in its treatment of the dark currents the human behaviour.

Elizabeth has always known that her daughter Nina bears her a barely-disguised enmity. Her attempts to stop the sexually provocative girl from ruining her own life are not aided by Nina's doting Father who is always ready to excuse her behaviour. Things get complicated when the police begin to look for arsonists who have torched the local school and Elizabeth begins to suspect that Nina is involved. But when a short while later she is expelled, and a second fire kills an ex-schoolteacher in her cottage, the narrative takes a highly unexpected turn--blackmail is added to the sinister mix.

Cohen writes in an unadorned prose that creates effects she's aiming for; no unnecessary frills: "Nina felt suddenly a surge of sexual desire. It wasn't Jacko who had brought this sudden feeling on. It was, Nina knew, the thought of fire, flames. 'Come on then, let's go upstairs'". Cohen's admirers will be pleased to see the brilliant narrative tricks of such earlier books as Destroying Angels transformed into this much darker subject. The relationship between Elizabeth and the wayward Nina is sketched with economical but perfectly judged precision. --Barry Forshaw

About the Author:

Anthea Cohen, SRN, worked as a hospital sister and private nurse. A columnist for the Nursing Mirror and regular contributor to World Medicine, she has written 18 Agnes Turner novels, among other work. Anthea Cohen, SRN, trained at the Leicester Royal Infirmary and has worked both as a hospital sister and private nurse. She has written on medicine and hospital life, as a columnist for Nursing Mirror and regular contributor to World Medicine. Since 1982 Anthea Cohen has had published fifteen Agnes Carmichael novels. They have been described as the 'one of the most original chiller series around'. (Felicia Lamb, Mail on Sunday)

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