Vacant Possession

Vacant Possession

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McMillan Palgrave
A dark and uproarious tale of revenge.

Ten years have passed since Muriel Axon did her ma in, ten years of living in a mental asylum. But Muriel has not forgotten her welfare worker, Isabel, or her neighbor, Colin. Nor has she forgiven. There are still scores to be settled-and vengeance to be wreaked. In a novel that is wildly funny and daringly wicked, Mantel brings the full force of her black humor to bear on a cast of characters that is by turns wacky and malevolent. As Muriel dons disguises to get back at the world that imprisoned her, we follow a trail that is wonderfully macabre with enough twists and turns to qualify this book as a thriller.

Blackwell North Amer
Lock your doors, barricade your windows: Muriel Axon is back in town. It's been ten years since she was locked away for killing her mad old mother. Now she wants to lay Mother's ghost to rest and find her missing child. But above all, she wants revenge. Her former social worker and her old neighbors have made new lives, but Muriel, with her talent for disguise, will infiltrate their homes and exploit their talents for self-destruction, until at last all her enemies are brought together for a gruesome finale. Hilary Mantel's razor-sharp wit animates every page. This malevolent black comedy has as many twists and turns as a well-plotted thriller.

Publisher: New York : H. Holt and Co., 2000, c1986
Edition: 1st Owl Books ed
ISBN: 9780805062717
Characteristics: 242 p. ; 21 cm


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multcolib_susannel Feb 02, 2016

Muriel's talent for impersonation comes in handy when she goes to work for the man who knows she killed her mother.

Mar 01, 2012

This sequel to “Every Day Is Mothers Day” is even bleaker than the 1st book! What is it that compels me to read about characters which I feel no connection or sympathy for? To call it humour is a stretch, it’s a strange & fascinating story well worth the reading time (but do read the "Every Day is Mother's Day" 1st

ser_library Jul 26, 2010

too many underdeveloped female characters : after skimming to the end i asked who is Sylvia

funny but the coincidences overwhelmed me and i skipped the last 3rd, but reading the last chapter not caring about the macabre resolution

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