Today though, we were mainly talking about the other side of Frances’s writing, perhaps her “darker” side and her wonderful psychological thriller “Where Is She Now?”
Set in set in a fictional amalgam of two small English towns, the book is full of intrigue and mystery, full of twists and turns to keep any reader wanting to turn the page.
I will shamelessly share parts of a terrific review by Nina Sankovitch as she describes the book better than I ever could…
“… Gilbert’s writing is lyrical and clear. She does an excellent job portraying the fear and anxiety of someone shaken to the core by trauma, by guilt, and by helplessness in the face of very real danger. Gilbert takes her time creating Rosemary and her space in the world. Slowly, details accumulate and surely, the reader is drawn into the mystery of Rosemary’s child, the question of Rosemary’s sanity or insanity, and the struggle for Rosemary’s survival.
The final unraveling of the truth is unexpected, believable, and riveting. Kindness comes in the form of strangers while treachery begins at home. Where Is She Now left me gasping and roiling, breathless and blown away. This is a wonderful novel.
About “Where Is She Now?”: (Taken from Francis Gilbert’s Web Site)
Rosemary wants only to feel the calm promised in the hymns of her childhood, she wants to 'lay down her burden and enter in.' Cradling her green pocket book wrapped in an old green shawl, she wanders through her daily life with her husband Brian, her traumatized self, and her alter ego, the bossy and competent Anna. Something has happened in the past, centering on her baby, but Rosemary can't quite remember what it was. And where is the baby now?
As she oscillates between rational and delusional spells she seeks validation and support from the inanimate objects around her, the cups on the shelf, the knobs on the bedposts, the books in the bookcase, and the houses lining the streets. In her conversations with them we see a Rosemary who is not quite as deranged as she seems, and a Brian, not quite as supportive as he would like to have you believe.
We also learned during the show not only about a second thriller “She Should Have Come for Me” but also about a third “Murder in the Gun Room” which is currently under way.
Of course the question about about her much wanted flock of sheep as well as the collection of teacups also came up during the show, as well as is next for this talented Connecticut author.
So listen now and share an interesting, and entertaining show as I chat with my special guest today on A Book and a Chat with Frances Gilbert
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"Frances Gilbert - Where Is She Now?"
Barry Eva (Storyheart)
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