Edward Behrens

Wild Life

The Hunger Trace

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For all its very English concerns – rural life, weather, tight lips – Edward Hogan’s taut second novel, The Hunger Trace, stakes out a territory of high emotion. Maggie Bryant lives with her stepson, the Robin Hood-obsessed, mentally ill Christopher, on Drum Hill, Derbyshire, in a wildlife park full of ibex, lynx and other non-native animals. Maggie has taken on the park in place of, and perhaps to hold on to, her dead husband, David. Their nearest neighbour is large, lonely falconer Louisa, who was in love with David from adolescence.

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