Books in 100 words: Beyond Black, Hilary Mantel

Alison is a medium who picks up Colette, a cold, endlessly pragmatic professional, as her new PA. For a while they bring each other to life, shielding each other from their demons, but their relationship becomes disturbing – like the ghostly men that follow Alison, haunting her and the reader alike.

I gobbled half of it up over a couple of days. It was easy to read; the pace was fast, the characters dynamic. But the plot stagnated – it was supposed to – in an abhorrent new-build property and in ‘fiends’ from Alison’s childhood… It became a book I could put down.



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