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The End of Longing is a thrilling, bitter-beautiful novel about a confidence trickster, a restless woman, and their travels through several countries.
Frances, a young New Zealand woman, is laid to rest in an unmarked grave in Jamaica in 1894. Her enigmatic husband, the Rev. William Hammond, cannot be found. Reports are later sent to her brothers with allegations of fraud and, perhaps, murder…
Hammond has always been a traveller. But when Frances joins him, the allure of exotic journeys is soon overshadowed by a sense of foreboding. Does he really want her or is she in the way?
Praise for The End of Longing:
I was completely absorbed from the first page until the final scene, when Hammond’s true nature is finally revealed. ★★★★BOOKSELLER + PUBLISHER MAGAZINE
Filled with allusions to 19th-century literature, history and mores, The End of Longing is distinguished by its sense of place…wherever his characters go, be it Japan, Canada or Honolulu, Ian Reid places us vividly there.DIANNE DEMPSEY, THE AGE