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Tethered: A Novel av Amy Mackinnon
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Tethered: A Novel (urspr publ 2008; utgåvan 2008)

av Amy Mackinnon

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"Clara Marsh is an undertaker who doesn't believe in God. She spends her solitary life among the dead, preparing their last baths and bidding them farewell with a bouquet from her own garden. Her carefully structured life shifts when she discovers a neglected little girl, Trecie, playing in the funeral parlor, desperate for a friend." "It changes even more when Detective Mike Sullivan starts questioning her again about a body she prepared three years ago, an unidentified girl found murdered in a nearby strip of woods. Unclaimed by family, the community christened her Precious Doe. When Clara and Mike learn Trecie may be involved with the same people who killed Precious Doe, Clara must choose between the stead-fast existence of loneliness and the perils of binding one's life to another."--BOOK JACKET.… (mer)
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Titel:Tethered: A Novel
Författare:Amy Mackinnon
Info:Shaye Areheart Books (2008), Hardcover, 272 pages
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Taggar:Trichotillomania, mystery, mortician, undertaker

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This was a really good book. It was thought provoking and touching. ( )
  SoccerMomKnits | Jan 22, 2018 |
Excellent story with a fragile, damaged main character named Clara that works as an undertaker and keeps very much to herself. She fights a growing physical attraction to police detective Mike Sullivan as they investigate a cold case of a murdered girl who may be linked with a little girl Clara encounters playing in the funeral home. Along the way the reader is offered glimpses of Clara's past that shaped her into the closed-off woman she has become. I really enjoyed this story and felt moved by Clara's pain and sense of isolation. ( )
  dorie.craig | Jun 22, 2017 |
Amy McKinnon tells a great story. This was so well-written, so well-told. Yes, it lays heavy into the symbolism of flowers, but her characters are these beautiful, 3D-rendered people and you're plunked right in the midst of an engaging story. ( )
  mhanlon | Jun 1, 2017 |
If I could, I think I'd give this book a 3.5 stars. It was an odd, very atmospheric book with a very interesting protagonist which was almost ruined for me by the last 5 pages. There was also a very unbelivable romance. But I was more willing to forgive that. ( )
  mkunruh | Nov 13, 2016 |
As in Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS, flowers carry their own meaning in TETHERED as Clara Marsh, undertaker, tucks an appropriate stem into the coffin of each body she prepares. A daisy for an innocent child; cosmos for a peaceful death; jasmine for an elegant woman. We understand that she is just managing life, putting one foot in front of the other. She lives alone; works alone in the funeral home basement. The only important people in her life are the owners of the funeral home, surrogate parents. Flashbacks describe Clara’s harsh and abusive upbringing at the hands of a neurotically Catholic grandmother.

A tip about the murderer of an unidentified little girl, simply called Precious Doe, brings Detective Mike Sullivan’s unwelcome questioning about the body Clara prepared for burial. Sullivan’s wife has recently died in a car crash; he has returned to work too soon and this case seems particularly important to him. When a young girl shows up sporadically at the funeral home, Clara discovers a link to Precious Doe’s. Clara and Mike are too damaged to handle the investigation well but they persist.

TETHERED is a crime mystery that, sometimes awkwardly, sifts our ideas of religion, life after death, justice and forgiveness. I think Clara’s torturous thoughts often stalled the story’s momentum but scenes like the ones in her private garden carried an ineffableness proper to the theme.

A mature work for a debut author, TETHERED rises well above the chick lit shelf in its daring subject matter and style.

Highly recommended to readers of psychological fiction. ( )
  julie10reads | Dec 6, 2015 |
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"Clara Marsh is an undertaker who doesn't believe in God. She spends her solitary life among the dead, preparing their last baths and bidding them farewell with a bouquet from her own garden. Her carefully structured life shifts when she discovers a neglected little girl, Trecie, playing in the funeral parlor, desperate for a friend." "It changes even more when Detective Mike Sullivan starts questioning her again about a body she prepared three years ago, an unidentified girl found murdered in a nearby strip of woods. Unclaimed by family, the community christened her Precious Doe. When Clara and Mike learn Trecie may be involved with the same people who killed Precious Doe, Clara must choose between the stead-fast existence of loneliness and the perils of binding one's life to another."--BOOK JACKET.

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