Thursday, 3 February 2011

12+: The Double Life of Cora Parry - Angela McAllister

Release Date: 03/02/10


Abandoned to the workhouse after the death of her guardians, Cora Parry refuses to accept her fate. Under the tuition of persuasive streetrat Fletch, Cora finds herself reluctantly drawn deep into the Victorian underworld. As she is gradually seduced into a life of crime, Cora creates a persona for herself - Carrie - allowing her to separate her uneasy conscience from her actions. But soon things are spiralling out of control. Carrie is committing acts of crime that Cora knows she can't possibly have done. Where does Carrie end and Cora begin? Who is really in control, and where will it end? An atmospheric page-turner from a talented storyteller.


Angela McAllister’s writing is set in the Dickensian time period and whilst this might not be for everyone it works beautifully for her.

Cora is ideal as the tales heroine, she has guts, she is a survivor and whilst life may not have gone well for her, she learns to survive and develop street skills whilst retaining her sense of self. As the tale progresses however, events take unprecedented turns and with a revelation or two to unfurl before the end, the reader will be gripped to the final page.

Add a touch of a ghost story, a hint of Dicken’s and back it up with a helping of descriptive prose and you’ll be walking the streets taking your chances alongside Cora. All in a different type of tale and one that’s beautifully told which will not only endear Angela to the reader but also help set her up as a firm fan favourite.

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