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An Afternoon Walk (original 1971; edition 1972)

by Dorothy Eden

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Title:An Afternoon Walk
Authors:Dorothy Eden
Info:Fawcett (1972), Edition: No Edition Stated, Paperback, 224 pages
Collections:romantic suspense, gothic
Rating:**
Tags:Gothic, mystery, suspense

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An Afternoon Walk by Dorothy Eden (1971)

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I am a HUGE fan of the old Gothic romance/mystery genre. Especially those written in the 60's, 70's and early 80's. Dorothy Eden was one of the most recognized names in the genre. I have a nice collection of these books and so I have several written by Dorothy Eden. I like to work these old books into my reading schedule from time to time.
An Afternoon Walk was published in 1971. The premise may have worked well during that era, but for today's modern woman, it just wouldn't fly.
Ella, a married woman with a school aged daughter, that recently suffered a miscarriage, happens upon on old run down house while out on a walk with her daughter. After this discovery, things start to go very wrong for Ella. Her husband begins a campaign of mental abuse against her, she has frightening phone calls and begins to question her sanity.
At the same time a woman that is kidnapped becomes front page news and Ella begins to think the woman's kidnapping may be related to her own troubles somehow.
Ella's husband, Max is just an outright jerk. I don't think women today would have put up with him too long. But, the mystery about the phone calls, and how all that tied in with the kidnapping and the old house kept me turning the pages.
Some folks have tagged this book as YA, but I don't really think this book fits into that category. It is adult fiction.
The suspense and mystery is good but the motives behind Max's actions were implausible I thought. This wasn't Dorothy Eden's best effort. Still, considering the time it was published in, not bad. Overall a C- ( )
  gpangel | Dec 1, 2012 |
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On a warm, dreamlike mid-July day, Ella Simpson and her six-year-old daughter, Kitty, come upon an abandoned house. They hear a terrified scream from inside . . . and an owl flies out. That night, Ella can’t sleep. Has her mind been playing tricks on her ever since her miscarriage, as her husband, Max, insists? Or is there another explanation?

Then a woman disappears. Such things aren’t supposed to happen in their peaceful suburban town. And Ella can’t shake the feeling that she’s being watched. When she starts getting anonymous calls, she wonders if she really is losing her grip on reality. Her next-door neighbor Booth Bramwell is the only one who believes she isn’t going mad. But it isn’t until her daughter vanishes that Ella starts putting the pieces together.
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Ella is upset after the kidnapping of a woman in the town in which she lives. Threats from an unknown telephone caller, the feeling of being under surveillance and, above all, her distant husband's contention that she was becoming increasingly fanciful, forget and not careful enough of Kitty, their little daughter forces Ella to seek the confidence of her neighbour, Booth Bramwell...… (more)

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