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After Leaving the Village

Author(s): Helen Matthews

Location(s): Albania, London

Genre(s): Thriller, Suspense

Era(s): Present day

Two women. Two villages. Different destinies.

Odeta’s life has shrunk to a daily round of drudgery, running her father’s grocery store in a remote Albanian village. One day an enigmatic stranger from Tirana walks into the shop and promises her a new life and career in London.

Odeta’s life is about to change, but not in the way she expected.

Journalist Kate lives on a quiet London street and appears to have a perfect life but she worries about her son Ben, who struggles to make friends and her husband spends more time on his laptop than talking to her. Kate blames the internet for the family’s problems and disconnects them all from the online world so they can get to know their neighbours.

On a visit to her home village in Wales, Kate is forced to confront a secret from her past. But greater danger lies closer to home. Perhaps Kate’s neighbours are not the friendly community they seem.

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