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Black dog summer / Miranda Sherry.

By: Sherry, Miranda [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Charnwood.Publisher: Leicester [England] : Thorpe, 2015Edition: Large print edition.Description: 349 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781444824599 (hbk); 1444824597 (hbk).Subject(s): Mothers and daughters -- Fiction | Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction | Dysfunctional families -- Fiction | Families -- FictionGenre/Form: Paranormal fiction. | Thrillers (Fiction) | Large type books.Summary: Yesterday, Sally was living in an idyllic South African farmstead with her teenage daughter Gigi. Now Sally is dead - murdered - and Gigi is alone in the world. But Sally cannot die. She lingers unseen in her daughter's shadow. When Gigi moves in with her aunt's family, Sally comes too. When Gigi's trauma stirs up long-buried secrets, Sally watches helplessly as the family begins to unravel. Then Gigi's young cousin develops an obsession with African black magic, and events take a darker turn. Now Sally must find a way to stop her daughter from making a mistake that will destroy the lives of all who are left behind...
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Yesterday, Sally was living in an idyllic South African farmstead with her teenage daughter Gigi. Now Sally is dead - murdered - and Gigi is alone in the world. But Sally cannot die. She lingers unseen in her daughter's shadow. When Gigi moves in with her aunt's family, Sally comes too. When Gigi's trauma stirs up long-buried secrets, Sally watches helplessly as the family begins to unravel. Then Gigi's young cousin develops an obsession with African black magic, and events take a darker turn. Now Sally must find a way to stop her daughter from making a mistake that will destroy the lives of all who are left behind...

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Sally floats about freely after her death, which occurred during a massacre on the farmstead where she lived in rural South Africa. Slowly, she recounts her story as she watches her daughter, Gigi, struggle with grief, guilt, and relocating to live with Sally's sister Adele, Adele's husband, and their two children. Sharing a room with her cousin Bryony and attending school present huge challenges to the previously homeschooled Gigi, who has grown up in the bush. To complicate matters further, Gigi is aware that her mother suffered from unrequited love for her uncle Liam. In this suspenseful debut novel that is reminiscent of The Lovely Bones, Sherry thoughtfully explores relationships, especially mother-daughter and sister-sister, in postapartheid South Africa. Unfortunately, she only touches on the racial and economic problems that lead black men to kill farmstead owners with machetes and well-off white families to live in gated communities. Jilly Bond narrates in a clear voice that captures the poignancy and mystery of the story. VERDICT Recommended for listeners interested in a novel that blends suspense and horror with strained family bonds. ["The novel succeeds as a dysfunctional family drama, but despite being infused with mysticism...it ultimately fails to capture the complexity of South Africa's deep culture and traditions": LJ 2/1/15 review of the Atria hc.]-Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.