The Other Mrs Walker

The Other Mrs Walker

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Crime, Thrillers & True Crime, Crime & Thrillers
Paperback Published on: 02/11/2017
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The Other Mrs Walker
A brilliant mystery with thrilling characters!
The Other Mrs Walker' by Mary Paulson-Ellis is a wonderful mystery following a two families of women as their histories are gradually revealed to be entang... READ MORE
Hannah
The Other Mrs Walker
A serpentine maze of a novel.
A serpentine maze of a novel which leaves you slightly bemused but extremely entertained. Reminiscent of Kate Atkinson's 'Life After Life' I found myself t... READ MORE
Penelope Bullock at Lancaster

Synopsis

Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year 2017

Somehow she'd always known that she would end like this. In a small square room, in a small square flat. In a small square box, perhaps. Cardboard, with a sticker on the outside. And a name...

An old lady dies alone and unheeded in a cold Edinburgh flat on a snowy Christmas night. A faded emerald dress hangs in her wardrobe; a spilt glass of whisky pools on the floor.

A few days later a middle-aged woman arrives back in the city she thought she'd left behind. Wearing a stolen red coat and a pair of unsuitable shoes, Margaret Penny exits her life in London for an Edinburgh in the grips of a freezing winter her future uncertain, her past in tatters. She soon finds herself a job at the Office for Lost People, tracking down the families of those who have died neglected and alone.

Following a trail of peculiar curiosities that lead her back to the past, Margaret is about to find out some darker secrets about her own life too.

But what Margaret Penny cannot yet know, is just how entangled her own life will become in the death of one lonely stranger...

The Other Mrs Walker interweaves two narratives in an intricate plot that moves between pre-war London and present day Edinburgh revealing a complex story about the marks we make on the world and the secrets we leave behind us after we’re gone.

This beguiling debut has been described as doing ‘for Edinburgh what the great mistress of domestic macabre Ruth Rendell did for North London’. It marks Mary Paulson-Ellis as an author to take note of.

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781447293927
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Weight: 298g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 131 x 34 mm

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The Other Mrs Walker
Embarrassing book group choice
I suggested this for my book group and am embarrassed at having done so. It is one of the worst books I have read in a very long time. The writer's style i... READ MORE
Adele Nicol
The Other Mrs Walker
A great read!
I really enjoyed this book. It was very well written. Believable characters. A strong storyline. Shall certainly be reading more by this author.
Janet Anne Mitchell
The Other Mrs Walker
Almost good enough.
With a strong family story this book almost lived up to expectations. Just a few minor changes to the way the story was told would have made this work a w... READ MORE
Jean Dugmore
The Other Mrs Walker
The other Mrs Walker
At the start of this book I found it rather confusing going back in time every other chapter. There were some good descriptive passages but overall I wa... READ MORE
Doreen Hester
The Other Mrs Walker
Superb read
I loved this Waterstone's recommendation. Amazing debut, a little like Kate Atkinson . A story told between Edinburgh and London spanning across the years... READ MORE
catherine young
The Other Mrs Walker
Enjoyable read
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story unfolded in unexpected ways and was very atmospheric. I would recommend this author to anyone.
Cathrine Spence
The Other Mrs Walker
Whilst this novel has a complex plot, the narration flows well, enticing the reader to keep turning the pages.
The Other Mrs Walker by Mary Paulson-Ellis is a complex story of familial female relationships, both between mother and daughter over two generations, as w... READ MORE
Callie Hill