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Bryony's father has died in a mysterious car crash and the mystery deepens with his dying words which refer to a "cat" in connection with the moated house which is their home and now taken over by her twin cousins.
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All her life, Bryony has "spoken" to a secret "friend" who she now considers her "lover", although she doesn't know who he actually is. There is a history of this special "talking" in the family and this is skillfully woven into the story as Bryony struggles with doubt and confusion about her own and her lover's identity, all the while trying to find the truth about her father's death.
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Plot & Themes

How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   nearly 100% Special suspect?    -   lover Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   "All in the family" murder Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards family/friends Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Has special powers?    -   Yes Magical/mental powers of main character:    -   can read emotions    -   mind reading    -   clairvoyant    -   is very quick Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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