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Every Contact Leaves a Trace

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Every Contact Leaves a Trace, Elanor Dymott, book reviewEvery Contact Leaves a Trace is Elanor Dymott’s first novel, and is best described as a literary whodunit. The setting is the University of Oxford. The main characters are students or academic staff, or closely associated with the University and the story is narrated by Richard, now a lawyer in early middle age. At the start of the novel he meets, apparently by chance, Rachel, with whom he has been at University. We know very quickly that the two have a shared past, but the details of their previous relationship are only revealed slowly during the course of the book.

Very rapidly, Richard and Rachel marry and settle down into what appears to be idyllic married life.

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