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Cause for Concern.

Margaret Yorke. 2001 2002. Read by Sheila Mitchell. 6 tapes. 8 hrs. BBC Audiobooks, Chivers Audiobooks. 0-7540-0834-7. $54.95. Vinyl; plot, author, reader notes. SA

In this novel violence lies dormant for many years in a quiet village, but its effects are still felt in the home of Susan Trent. A widow who lives with her grown son, Martin, she seems to suffer from many falls and mishaps and frequently appears at work with bruises and broken limbs. While the villagers suspect her son Martin is beating her, no one does anything to stop him until an old willow tree falls in a storm, revealing a corpse among its roots, and a young man comes to town intent upon uncovering the past. What happens when past secrets are revealed is the crux of this story.

Mitchell has the voice of a proper Englishwoman, appropriate for Susan Trent. The quiet, prim tones of her voice make the hidden violence of the story seem even more unwarranted and undeserved. Like domestic violence itself, her voice puts a calm veneer on a brutality just under the surface. Nola Theiss, Sanibel, FL
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Author:Theiss, Nola
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Date:Nov 1, 2002
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