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Broken light
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Bernie Moon (Female), Mother, Gifted, Sees into the minds of others;facing menopause;a murder rekindles her soul;puts her power to use
Midlife crisis
Supernatural powers
Female friendship
Childhood memories
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This incendiary, brilliantly plotted thriller from Harris (Chocolat) centers on 48-year-old Bernie Ingram's midlife crisis. As a child, when "magic was as easy as maths," Bernie honed a supernatural ability to see into the minds of others. Now, facing menopause, she's been reduced to a minor player in her own life: she's estranged from her moody husband and her 30-year-old son, and she has no close friends. The brutal murder of a jogger and the public's response to it (that the woman shouldn't have been out at night and alone) unleashes Bernie's long-simmering rage and rekindles the magic she's lost in adulthood. Kicking the knotty plot into high gear, she embarks on a journey to "over-write Old Bernie and to make of myself something different," with potentially deadly results. Excerpts from Bernie's diary alternate with sections from The Class of '92, a book written by her childhood friend, Kate Hemsworth, which shines gradual light on the scope of Bernie's traumas and abilities. Bernie's and Kate's vibrant voices will keep readers mesmerized right through to the glorious, explosive finale. This is a one-of-a-kind triumph. Agent: John Wood, RCW. (May)
A bold and ambitious thriller exploring how women can feel invisible as they grow older--and what happens when they decide to take back control.

Bernie Moon's ambitions and dreams have been forgotten by everyone, even Bernie herself. At nineteen she was full of promise, but now, facing fifty and going through the menopause, she's a fading light. Until the murder of a woman in a local park unlocks a series of childhood memories, and with them, a talent that she has hidden all her adult life. What happens when the frustrations and power of an older woman are finally given their chance to be revealed?

Filled with growth and redemption, revenge and visibility, friendship and self-discovery, Broken Light is an explosive new thriller that challenges our notions of womanhood and power.
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