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Dangerous Thoughts

Clare Wakefield is more dismayed than elated when she learns of her husband’s escape from Middle Eastern kidnappers. Edwin, a journalist, is a very difficult man, and home life had been so much more relaxed without him.

Dismay is to turn to fear, though, when Clare begins to suspect that Edwin has made up the whole kidnapping story for the sake of publicity.  With the return of his ‘fellow hostages’ and the possible threat of exposure and public humiliation, Clare becomes slowly obsessed with a horrifying idea: her unstable husband is contemplating murder…



‘I cannot recommend [it] too highly.’ – Time Out

‘It’s the women who dominate here, as in most matters of importance…Ms. Fremlin’s book is a hotch-potch of the stiff upper lip syndrome, a fable about the perils of a bad marriage and, worse, the appalling habit of standing aloof while a neurotic plans the worst crime of all – murder.’ – Irish Press

‘[Fremlin] demonstrates how a pro baits a hook and gently reels in the reader with a frightening tale-her 17th-that seems so believable one suspects it may have happened.’ –  Publishers Weekly

‘The situation in this one is a real gem, and the author explores it from every angle.  The climax of Dangerous Thoughts…is a masterwork of irony and perfect for the tone of the novel.’ – Romantic Times

‘Besides being a very interesting and unusual mystery, the author also hit close to home on some of the marital problems that we all encounter.  This one’s different and very realistic.’ – Doubleday

‘Fremlin excels at psychological mystery…and, here, is pretty near the top of her form –from the dispassionate, clear-eyed Clare to the childish, posturing Edwin, every character is incisively written.’ – Kirkus

‘Fremlin provides the sometimes surprising answers in a thoughtful, entertaining thriller.’ – Booklist

‘Fremlin is remarkably good at capturing fraught relationships and what happens when the one you are closest to becomes the most dangerous person you know.’ – Western Mail

Born in Kent, Celia Fremlin (1914-2009) went on to read classics and then philosophy at Somerville College, Oxford. She married...