The Lonely Places
Delacorte, May 2002, 23.95, 310 pp.
Ruth Gemmill travels from London to remote Greenwall to find her younger brother Alex, a teacher in the small village, who apparently has disappeared. Ruth, a victim of relational abuse from her former boyfriend Matt, thinks her sibling might be a gay bashing casualty.
However, almost upon her arrival in Greenwall, she learns that the school Alex taught at does not exist and no one will con...