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Exile Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of Exile

Maureen O'Donnell, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, now works at a women's refuge in Glasgow. When Ann Harris, a former client, is found dead in London, Maureen takes a personal interest in the case. The finger of suspicion points to the victim's inadequate husband, but Maureen feels he's incapable of making a cup of tea, much less murdering anyone.

Against the advice of her best friend Leslie, Maureen travels to London, partly to find Ann's killer and partly to escape her own personal demons.
This report prepared by Stephen Coombs








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 60% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Special suspect?    -   relative Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   local police w/ IQ of a houseplant    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards lover Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   British Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   London    -   Dirty, dangerous (like New York)    -   dangerous    -   rude people

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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