The Gulf Between by Maxine Alterio
English | 2019 | Mystery/Thriller | ePUB | 1.0 Mb
The Gulf Between : Love, lies and disenchantment lead to a menacing showdown in this suspense-filled novel.
A foreigner is seriously injured not far from Julia’s safe Queenstown hideaway. Why does he have her name in his wallet? His unexpected arrival takes Julia back forty-five years to London, where as an impulsive young woman she’d first met Benito Moretti. A meeting that was to change her life, taking her to the glittering Gulf of Naples. There, in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, Julia found herself pitted against her belligerent mother-in-law and Benito’s sinister brother in a lethal battle for her husband and children.
We’re all as sick as our secrets, she remembered her father saying. Words that still haunt her.
“For a fortnight I sulked in my bedroom listening to jazz turned up full bore on the radio, only venturing downstairs for meals where I eyed up my parents along with the cold cuts and pickles.
Eager to change their perceptions of RADA, I collected articles about distinguished actors who’d gone there, referring to their achievements every chance I got. But I made no progress until I resumed speaking to Muz and Wiggin in a civil tone and pretended to appreciate, if not take, their advice.
They gave me a Humber Hawk for my eighteenth birthday. I suspected that they chose this staid model to put off male drivers tooting at me on the road, and also to keep me out of the Underground, a perilous place in their minds for females at night. As I walked around the car, thanking them half-heartedly, I wrinkled my nose at the dull sage-green paintwork. In retrospect I see just how indulged I was, though sadly back then I took for granted their attempts to do their best for me.
Love shouldn’t depend on submissiveness I muttered as I drove to the audition. At the last moment Wiggin had reluctantly agreed to support me while I pursued an acting career. ‘Only for a year, mind, then we’ll have a serious talk.’ He had most actors pegged as ‘lefties who are all for bringing in refugees, knowing full well they won’t be called upon to deal with the consequences’.”