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Borrowed Time by Robert Goddard
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Borrowed Time (original 1995; edition 1996)

by Robert Goddard (Author)

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It is a golden evening of high summer.  Walking a ridge on the Welsh Borders, Robin Timariot meets by chance an elegant middle-aged woman who seems strangely out of place.  They exchange only a few words, but those words prove to be unforgettable.  A few days later Timariot learns from the newpapers that, just hours after their meeting, the woman was raped and murdered. A man is swiftly charged and convicted of the crime, but a string of inexplicable events begins to convince Timariot that all is not what it seems.  Fascinated by the dead woman's memory, he is sucked into the complex motives and tortured relationships of her family and friends, searching against his better judgemnt for the secret of what really happened the day she died. The closer he gets to the truth, the more hideous and uncertain it seems to be.  And far too late he realizes that anybody who uncovers it is unlikely to be allowed to live.… (more)
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Robert Goddard is a hugely accomplished mystery writer, but this one is a dog. The characters are one-dimensional, the central conceit of the plot wildly implausible. No doubt it's all wrapped up neatly, but by halfway through I'd had enough so I'll never know. ( )
  TimStretton | Mar 19, 2020 |
A bit long winded, but really good characters. The ending was unexpected ( )
  karenshann | Dec 31, 2019 |
This book has been lurking on my TBR for longer than I care to remember. One thing that has put me off reading it is the small format of the paperback and of the print. I've been spoilt by the adjustability of reading e-books.

Robin Timariot is walking Offa's Dyke while trying to make a decision about the rest of his life. His accidental meeting of Louise Paxton should have had no lasting consequences but her death only a few hours later draws him into her family.

This is one of those plots that twists and turns and seems as if it will never end. Just when you think you have it all sorted out it darts off again. In fact I came to a conclusion early on about who was likely to be responsible for Louise Paxton's death, and, as it turns out, I was right, but not really for the right reasons.

The plot meanders along a bit with elements about the cricket bat company that Robin's family owns, and then strands related to Louise Paxton's family. ( )
  smik | Jan 28, 2018 |
In the summer of 1990, five weeks after his oldest sibling Hugh died of a heart attack at forty-nine years old, thirty-seven years old Robin Timariot needs time to decide his future so he plans to hike for six days along the Offa's Dyke ridge in the Welsh Borders. Though he enjoyed his work with the European Commission in Brussels, since Hugh died he finds it oppressive and ponders if he should come home to join the family business since his uncle, mom and the other relatives insist they need him.

On the ridge at a heavenly view, he meets a lovely middle-aged woman whose nearby parked Mercedes seems to put her in the wrong place. They amiably chat about truly changing things before they part. A week later, Robin reads in the Daily Telegraph the shocking article of artist Oscar Bantock raping and murdering Louise Paxton, the woman who impressed him for that short interlude chat on the trail. He tells the truth about their encounter, but finds the reactions of Louise's loved ones odd. Counseling himself to mind his business, Robin still makes some simple inquiries that turn out to be extremely complex and dangerous to anyone who learns the truth.

My only criticism of Goddard's novels is that the endings can be somewhat weak and that sometimes, the characters take actions that seem to be beyond justification. Nonetheless, Goddard still is a master plotter who creates complex, believable characters. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
Brilliant. Each time I read a Robert Goddard novel I wonder at his ability to write such complicated plots and believable characters.
This kept me utterly involved throughout. Great. ( )
  oldstick | Sep 26, 2013 |
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It is a golden evening of high summer.  Walking a ridge on the Welsh Borders, Robin Timariot meets by chance an elegant middle-aged woman who seems strangely out of place.  They exchange only a few words, but those words prove to be unforgettable.  A few days later Timariot learns from the newpapers that, just hours after their meeting, the woman was raped and murdered. A man is swiftly charged and convicted of the crime, but a string of inexplicable events begins to convince Timariot that all is not what it seems.  Fascinated by the dead woman's memory, he is sucked into the complex motives and tortured relationships of her family and friends, searching against his better judgemnt for the secret of what really happened the day she died. The closer he gets to the truth, the more hideous and uncertain it seems to be.  And far too late he realizes that anybody who uncovers it is unlikely to be allowed to live.

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