The Masters of the House

The Masters of the House

Book - 1994
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After an unemployed man is incapacitated by his wife's death, his children, to avoid state care, take over the house and the housekeeping, but their charade is threatened by the discovery of the body of Dad's nosy ex-girlfriend in their own backyard

Blackwell North Amer
Life is not quite what it seems to be at the Heenan house on Claverly Row where two children have become the masters of the house . . .
World-renowned mystery writer Robert Barnard, acclaimed by critics on both sides of the Atlantic, returns to one of his most powerful themes - the extraordinary inner strength of children in times of crisis.
When Ellen Heenan dies tragically during childbirth, leaving behind four children and an out-of-work husband, concerned friends and neighbors expect that the family will endure great hardship. What they don't know is that the two older children, thirteen-year-old Matthew and his sister Annie, will take control of their house, their siblings, and their father.
As soon as the bereaved Mr. Heenan returns from his wife's hospital deathbed, Annie and Matthew realize that their lives as carefree children have come to an abrupt and premature end. Dad isn't just mourning. He's insane, muttering about "sin" and "punishment," and retreating to a little upstairs bedroom, hardly ever to emerge.
If the authorities discover Mr. Heenan's true condition, the children will be separated and taken into "care." Anything is preferable, so instead of playing with their classmates after school, Annie and Matthew learn to cook and clean and watch out for the little ones. And they learn how to lie.
The charade can't continue forever, and soon the townspeople begin to wonder why Mr. Heenan never visits his usual haunts. But the real trouble starts when Annie and Matthew find a body in their backyard. Now the police will discover the true situation at the house - unless the children can dispose of the bloodied corpse.
Gripping and poignant, The Masters of the House affirms Robert Barnard's extraordinary and versatile talent. It is vintage Barnard from beginning to shocking end.

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& Taylor

After an unemployed man is incapacitated by his wife's death, his children, to avoid state care, take over the house and the housekeeping, but their charade is threatened by the discovery of the body of Dad's nosy ex-girlfriend in their own backyard.

Publisher: New York : Scribner's, [1994]
Copyright Date: ©1994
ISBN: 9780684197289
0684197286
Branch Call Number: MYS Barnard, R 1994
Characteristics: 214 pages ; 25 cm

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