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Mary Stanley



Mary Stanley was born in London and educated in Dublin. Graduating from Trinity College she has studied and worked in Italy, England, Malta, Ireland and Germany. She is the author of Retreat, Missing, Revenge, Searching for Home and The Umbrella Tree. The Hijacking of Cassie Peters is her seventh novel. She now lives in Dublin. For further information see www.marystanley.com
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Missing

Mary Stanley
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Mary Stanley

'To the outside world we were this perfectly contented happy family - a mother, a father and three little girls. And the truth? Really it was a conspiracy of silence - everyone living a life on the surface while underneath reality bubbles away' - until the day that it blows up John and Elizabeth Dunville believe they have the ideal family. Their three daughters - beautiful, vivacious Baby, clever, industrious Becky, and lively, if mischievous, Brona - attend Dublin's most prestigious convent school, and all have bright futures. But denial and deception go hand in hand, and one night, one of the girls slips out into the December fog, and doesn't come home.Discover Piatkus Entice: temptation at your fingertips - www.piatkusentice.co.uk

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Revenge

Mary Stanley
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Mary Stanley

Revenge (n.) 1. The act of retaliation for injury received. 2. The desire for vengeanceThe McHarg family may be unconventional, but Millicent, an eccentric and forthright novelist, is adored by her three granddaughters and her daughter-in-law Maria. With Millicent's son working abroad, the three generations are very close, and the girls from quiet, talented Plumpet to her adopted sister, Maya, rescued as a baby from the danger of her eastern homeland to become part of the family, are protected and happy. But on Christmas morning Plumpet is found assaulted and dazed in her own bed. In one night the McHargs' lives are irrevocably changed as Plumpet's pain brings out their hidden emotions and deepest fears. And as new memories and old secrets reveal more about the mystery of that night, Millicent prepares to take revenge. . .A tale of family bonds and how far people will go to protect those they love, this is the compelling new novel from Mary Stanley, bestselling author of Retreat and Missing.Discover Piatkus Entice: temptation at your fingertips - www.piatkusentice.co.uk

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Retreat

Mary Stanley
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Mary Stanley

'Come Monday morning after breakfast, silence will commence . . . until the following Saturday morning. That gives you five full days of contemplation and prayer . . . As usual, leaving the Sister Chapel and its grounds is forbidden, and of course, Sutherland Square is expressly out of bounds.'Retreat. . . (n.) a period of withdrawal from the ordinary activities of daily life in order to meditate on the central truth of faith, to seek a closer union with God. . .. . .but for the teenage boarders at St Martin's convent school in Dublin some rules are made to be broken - as sixteen-year-old Mary Oliver discovers to her horror during a confessional. With the help and support of her best friends, Mary survives - but only just. Mary, Kitty, Bernadette, Bridie and Treasa are five girls from very different backgrounds, united by their need to break out from the often cruel constraints of convent life - and by an experience too awful to talk about until they are adults.Written with passion, insight and humour, Retreat is an unforgettable story about friendship and the loss of innocence and is an exciting debut from a fresh new voice in Irish writing.Discover Piatkus Entice: temptation at your fingertips - www.piatkusentice.co.uk

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The Lost Garden

Mary Stanley
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Mary Stanley

The Lost Garden is at once achingly beautiful and utterly compelling, exploring the destructive nature of secrets and the redemption that can come with accepting the past.The face Esme Waters presents to the world is not the face she sees in the mirror. Even her three daughters, Lily, Rose and Jasmine, don't know the truth behind her careful smile. But a chance Parisian meeting with a fascinating psychiatrist opens the first crack in Esme's mind, and suddenly the past is pursuing her. And once again she is running just as she always runs from lovers, friends, and the truth of what she lost in Dublin more than twenty years ago.While her children are rebelling against the rules, falling in love, and learning about loyalty, Esme discovers that sometimes the walls you build for protection need to come tumbling down . . .Discover Piatkus Entice: temptation at your fingertips - www.piatkusentice.co.uk

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Searching for Home

Mary Stanley
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Mary Stanley

Ireland, 1944. In a violent storm, a German plane heading for Britain is blown west, far off course. The pilot, completely disorientated, plunges down on to an Irish hillside, and shatters a young family. The children who survive that terrible night try to leave the past behind, but the past will not let them go. Rescued by their Aunt Lucy, Amelia and Mattie need to start afresh, but Lucy too has lost her way. And as all three search for a place to call home, they accidentally uncover the cruellest secrets of all . . .Mary Stanley's enthralling new novel moves from 1940s Ireland through post-war England to golden Malta. Her vibrant characters and beautifully perceptive writing bring to life a compelling tale of survival, self-discovery, and the desire to belong.Discover Piatkus Entice: temptation at your fingertips - www.piatkusentice.co.uk