Death is my Neighbour

 

Hale, 1980,   Out of Print

An old woman, violently dead – the shockwaves of the event shatter the smug tranquillity of Melbourne Place as it dreams contentedly through the languid days of the long, hot summer,

For Anne Talbot, defiantly absorbed in her children and wilfully deaf to the world outside, it is a harsh awakening.  The shabby dealer who has been haunting the neighbourhood may be an obvious suspect, but acquaintances, neighbours and friends all become entangled in the sticky web of suspicion and distrust.

Anne finds herself having to face painful truths about herself and her marriage, while fear becomes her closest neighbour, until it invades even the safe haven of her home in a final, horrifying perversion of her most cherished values.