The Solitary Child is a story of violent death and suspicion. Harriet becomes engaged to James Random, a gentleman farmer, monied but unpretentious. But his first wife, Eva, had died in what were called 'unforgettable circumstances'; James was charged with murdering her and was acquitted. Breaking the news to her mother of her engagement was Harriet's first ordeal: facing Maggie, the solitary child who was James' and Eva's daughter was more complex. Suspicions are not always cleared away by a verdict of 'not guilty'. Here the suspicion which Harriet found surrounding her new home was so oppressive it distorted the relationships of the people involved into a nightmare climax.
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Used availability for Nina Bawden's The Solitary Child
January 1976 : UK Hardback
October 2012 : UK Paperback
October 2012 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Solitary Child (Bello)
Author(s): Nina Bawden
Availability: Amazon UK