Guy Burt Sophie

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Sophie

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"[Sophie] combines the creepy narrative power of a young William Golding with the disturbingly accurate memory of what it is like to be a child. . . . So good that one can only wonder what [Burt] will do next."
--The Times (London)

In a dark room of a dilapidated house, as a storm rages outside, Matthew lights a candle and places it in the center of the floor. Its light spreads across the wall and illuminates Sophie, tied up in a chair facing him. She is frightened, fearful of what he might do next. But for now, it seems, all Matthew wants to do is talk. Talk about the events of nearly twenty years ago, about their strange childhood, and about the summer when Sophie grew up and everything changed . . . forever.

Young Mattie and Sophie lived in a world seemingly without constraints. Their cold mother barely paid attention to her children. Their father, a mere shadow in their lives, was never home. So Mattie and Sophie had the run of the gardens and the woods beyond. They played youthful games, but Sophie was extraordinarily intelligent, a fact she took great pains to hide from her teachers, so as not to stand out. Sophie was everything to Mattie, and he worshiped her. He wanted to know her secrets, the things that went on inside her brilliant mind. But Sophie was changing. And the summer before she went away to boarding school, the things she had worked so hard to conceal would come spilling out--and Mattie would have to live with the shocking consequences.

Now he's all grown up, too, and Matthew wants answers to the questions that still darken his mind--no matter what the cost. . . .

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"Chilling...akin to The Blair Witch Project...The writing is remarkably assured...A story about that most elemental of human fears, being buried alive."

"[A] compelling psychological tale...A quick and intriguing book with a truly satisfying ending."

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A spellbinding novel of an obsessive childhood.

Matthew and Sophie enjoyed what seemd to be an idyllic childhood existence. Free from parental restrictions, they played together in the old barn and in the woods and fields around their house, as well as in the disused quarry where they hunted for fossils and where Sophie kept all her secrets. There were just the two of them, for their mother carried on her own, mysterious life and their baby brother did not live long enough to intrude.

Mattie hero-worshipped his all-knowing elder sister, and believed that their childhood would go on for ever. But Sophie was growing up, and the secret elements in her life would affect her brother in shocking and unforeseen ways as his childish terrors became an all-too dreadful reality. For Mattie, too, had his secrets...

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