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The Waves Behind the Boat

by Francis King


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In a remote corner of Japan an Englishwoman is drowned by a freak tidal wave. Bill, a young university lecturer, and his wife Mary are asked by the Consul to identify the body.

On their arrival in the seaside village they are met – and befriended – by Bibi Akulov, the immensely rich White Russian in whose house the dead woman was staying.

For the English couple it is the start of a complex and unnerving relationship with Bibi and her mysterious brother Sasha – a relationship which reveals the darker side of the Akulov household, and involves Mary in an increasingly brutal exploration of her own secret nature.

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Pan Macmillan UK
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