The Girl in the Maze
Traversing three generations of women torn apart by family trauma, The Girl in the Maze explores the complex relationship and challenges involved in both mothering and being mothered.
'I would caution you against delving into the past. The past is often best left exactly where it is.'
Emma Bowen has never had a close relationship with her mother, barely speaking with her in the last years of her life. But after her mother's death, Emma finds something that might just explain the distance between them.
Discovering letters between her mother and grandmother, it seems to Emma that her mother has always been difficult.
As she searches for answers about her own childhood, Emma is drawn into the mystery of her mother's enigmatic life. The more she finds, the more lost she feels, but Emma is determined to uncover her mother's past, and the secrets held within it, whatever the cost.
An enthralling story of three women, generations apart, linked by one terrible tragedy.
PRAISE FOR THE GIRL IN THE MAZE
'From its perilous opening line Cathy Hayward's debut novel pulls us into an evocative narrative of suppressed emotions, missed chances and shifting loyalties. Her rich and moving prose both haunts and intrigues ' - Rosie Chard, author of The Insistent Garden
' The Girl in the Maze stayed with me long after I'd closed the book: it's a multi-layered haunting history, powerful because it's just so close to all of our lives.' - Fiona Perrin, author of How to Not Get Divorced
' The Girl in the Maze is an elegantly written, totally gripping story about generational trauma, motherhood and womanhood. I was swept away by it.' - Katy Regan, author of The Story of You
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