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Whatever I can do for Freya, I’ll gladly and honourably do, he told himself, grateful for the calm intentness of his spirit. She schooled him. She made him a better person. There was an overarching sense of forgiveness. Not that there was anything Mark should be forgiven for.
Mark lives next door to Freya. When her husband dies tragically, he determines to be her saviour come what may. Whether that means walking the dog, minding the house or taking her out on day trips. However, her neighbours the other side keep getting in the way, as do her two lumpen brothers-in-law… But Mark has another life, one he hasn’t told Freya about, one that increasingly impinges on his desire to make Freya his own. As he lies in his bed at night, listening to her movements the other side of the wall, the gentle sighing and creaking of bed springs, he plots his movements towards an idyllic future. A future that doesn’t feature the ex-girlfriend who still lives in his other house, or his dead wife. As Mark ingratiates himself, Freya – lost in a sea of grief – only slowly begins to realise that Mark’s motives may not be quite as compassionate as they seem and her eyes are opened to the threat she has guilelessly invited into her home.
"Davies talent is in her excavation of the tumultuous, contradictory, human soul. ‘Your pen unearthed truths you hardly knew you knew…' she writes. ‘There are memories that cannot permit themselves to be remembered. They are caught in an internal wall-space.' The Party Wall takes us into those hidden places – in a powerful, remarkable novel." Anne Lauppe-Dunbar
"This is a perfect novel for our post-lockdown times. Witty, grief-stricken and packed with intrigue, Stevie Davies's tale about a budding, dangerous relationship between neighbours is a beautifully wrought page-turner." Francesca Rhydderch
"acute and sensitive insight into human nature on the edge... You take the reader into places of the mind one’s not visited before." Lyndall Gordon
"Stevie Davies is a diamond among writers and 'The Party Wall' scintillates with her brilliance. This anatomy of malevolence and redemption is a masterpiece. Davies is at her most terrifyingly incisive as she peels back the skin of civilisation to reveal the secret impulses and embarrassments, torments and pain that lie just beneath the surface, just through the wall - where an attentive neighbour can be a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
'The Party Wall' is especially unnerving in a time when we’re all inescapably battened down with our neighbours. A perfect lockdown read!" Julie Bertagna
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