Beyond Black

Beyond Black

Book - 2006
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Baker & Taylor
Trouble spirals out of control for a psychic and her personal assistant when they take up with a spirit guide and his drowned therapist after moving to a suburban wasteland. By the author of A Change of Climate. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

Colette and Alison are unlikely cohorts: one a shy, drab beanpole of an assistant, the other a charismatic, corpulent psychic whose connection to the spiritual world torments her. When they meet at a fair, Alison invites Colette at once to join her on the road as her personal assistant and companion. Troubles spiral out of control when the pair moves to a suburban wasteland in what was once the English countryside. It is not long before the place beyond black threatens to uproot their lives forever. This is Hilary Mantel at her finest--insightful, darkly comic, unorthodox, and thrilling to read.



Publisher: New York : Picador, 2006
Edition: 1st Picador ed
ISBN: 9780312426057
0312426054
Characteristics: 416 p. ; 21 cm

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gendeg
May 01, 2015

Overall, Beyond Black is a hard book to like and embrace. There’s a choked grimness to the characters’ lives. The vitriol is thick. The banality of the evil that lurks among Alison’s spiteful ghosts can be overwhelmingly depressing, long after you’ve stopped laughing and want to turn away in horror.

This story is disturbing and feels like a trip down a very dark rabbit hole. At the bottom of the hole is child neglect and child sexual abuse. The resolution is poor and the two main characters find a strange truth about their lives which does not suggest to the reader that they will ever recover. I would NOT recommend this book.

A darkly funny novel about the odd relationships formed among the living and the dead. A creepy, humorous contemporary, ghost story

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c_anderson
May 27, 2010

This is a superb book, and incredibly creepy.

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