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That Dark Remembered Day

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That Dark Remembered Day , Tom Vowler, book reviewAround six months ago, I read Tom Vowler’s debut novel What Lies Within and was underwhelmed to say the least. While it showed great promise in the writing, the story itself failed to deliver what was promised and it fizzled out before reaching the satisfying conclusion that the quality of the prose deserved. It was therefore with a sense of disappointment that I saw I had been sent a review copy of Vowler’s second book, That Dark Remembered Day – what if this was another damp squib sent to frustrate me? Fortunately, in the intervening months Vowler seems to have developed quite remarkably as a writer, and this novel is in an altogether higher league that his first offering.

Stephen is a middle-aged son returning to the small town he grew up in to visit his ailing mother, Mary.


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What Lies Within

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What Lies Within by Tom Vowler, book reviewWe all lie. I like your new haircut; your bum doesn’t look big in those trousers; the cheque is in the post. We also lie by omission, by not telling the whole truth or not mentioning something important at all to those who should know about it. Anna is particularly familiar with this second sort of lie.

In Tom Vowler’s debut novel What Lies Within, we meet Anna living in a remote cottage on Dartmoor with husband Robert and teenage children Paul and Megan. She appears to have a good life with a kind husband and a fulfilling job as a ceramic artist working out of a studio at home, and things are taking an exciting turn with her first exhibition at a local gallery just days away.


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