Vera Morrill’s Plangent New Family Drama Has Thrill Factor 10

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With masterfully heart-gripping scenes, “Retribution” will create new legions of fans for its author

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A small girl’s reaction to the arrival of a baby brother is assumed to be sibling jealousy, but their mother has a guilty secret . . . her own family history contains sinister genes. Gemma’s attempts at getting rid of brother Leo have surprising, often devastating results. With the years
he learns how to anticipate and avoid and remain safe. But in Vera Morrill’s astoundingly thrilling fictive atmosphere, Retribution will have its day despite the hapless efforts of people to stave it off. Or will it?

Gemma, herself an agent of retribution, is often stopped by fate, which, for unknown reasons, corrects the balance every now then. So, with puberty come the “Voices” urging Gemma to remove all who threaten her superiority, whilst the Sri Lankan Boxing Day tsunami gives her an unexpected opportunity to continue her scheming. Its outcome is not as she had planned.

Little by little, truth will out, and the drama of misunderstanding the Hattons are caught in is untangled. Through the agency of its plotting and the finely wrought details of Morrill’s story, Retribution has a thrill factor that starts at nine on a scale of ten. And it gets higher as the revelations turns the story around unexpected corners that make its readers pulses race, hearts gripped by the various injustices needing resolution, and inviting reading without let-up until the veil is lifted on the final scene.

This book will be featured at the 2012 American Library Association Annual Book Exhibit in Anaheim, Calif. on June 22-25, 2012.

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About the Author
An English and Drama specialist, Vera Morrill has written and broadcast stories for BBC Radio Solent, scripted theatrical productions and is a published poet. She holds a Degree from Southampton University and is a qualified teacher of Speech and Drama. Her home is on the beautiful Isle of Wight. Previous novels are A Formidable Fortune set at the turn of the 20C when women’s role in society changed dramatically. Beginners Please shows the rise to fame of twin girls from the Isle of Wight in the 1920’s, when London theatre was recovering from the disastrous effects of WW1.

Retribution * by Vera Morrill
Publication Date: July 16, 2010
Trade Paperback; UK£13.99; 272 pages; 978-1-4500-5978-7
Trade Hardback; UK£23.99; 272 pages; 978-1-4500-5979-4
Ebook; UK£3.99; 978-1-4500-5980-0

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