A Room Swept White

A Room Swept White

Book - 2010
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TV producer Fliss Benson receives an anonymous card at work. The card has sixteen numbers on it, arranged in four rows of four - numbers that mean nothing to her.

On the same day, Fliss finds out she's going to be working on a documentary about miscarriages of justice involving cot-death mothers wrongly accused of murder. The documentary will focus on three women: Helen Yardley, Sarah Jaggard and Rachel Hines. All three women are now free, and the doctor who did her best to send them to prison for life, child protection zealot Dr Judith Duffy, is under investigation for misconduct.

For reasons she has shared with nobody, this is the last project Fliss wants to be working on. And then Helen Yardley is found dead at her home, and in her pocket is a card with sixteen numbers on it, arranged in four rows of four . . .

Publisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton, c2010.
ISBN: 9780340980637
9780340980620
Branch Call Number: FICTION HAN
Characteristics: 456 p. ; 22 cm.

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Cdnbookworm Sep 16, 2012

This is a novel with psychological twists and turns that will keep you glued to your chair. The focus is women who have been accused of murdering either their own children or children they have been minding. The main characters is Fliss Benson a television producer, a lower rung producer at her firm until something happens that causes her to be in charge of a documentary already partially done. At first she is reluctant to take on the job, feeling manipulated and wary of her own past, but soon finds that her zeal for truth and attention to detail make her the perfect person to take on the project.
The police are also on the case following the murder of a woman acquitted on retrial of her children's murders. There are divisions within the police ranks, some very interesting personalities both in the police and in the other characters, and stories with no easy answers.
Fliss develops from a mousy woman with no sense of her own worth into a confident woman driven by her zeal for truth. A great read.

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uncommonreader
Jun 14, 2012

While I enjoyed Hannah's early novels, this one was simply bad. I will not read anymore.

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gvlee
Dec 03, 2010

Poorly written, but I felt compelled to finish the book in order to find out "whodunnit.' However, the ending has no resolution. This book is not worth slogging through. Put it back on the shelf right now. Ick!

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