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Events Podcasts Apps. Contact us Contact us Offices Media contacts Catalogues. Kat and Rose both attend the Bramford School, and Joan is a mysterious drifter whose journey intersects with the other two.
At one point, Rose finds her in a boiler room prostrating herself before a glowing furnace, and while Kat detaches from everyone else around her, she grows more and more fixated on Rose. When the story cuts to Joan for the first time, we find her in a bus-station bathroom, trying to rip a medical bracelet off her wrist.
All alone in the cold night, Joan is rescued by a kindly man who offers to drive her as far as he and his wife are going, which happens to be in the direction of Bramford. The closer Joan gets, the more disturbed Kat becomes, until finally she stabs Rose and two school employees to death before cutting off their heads and performing a ritual with them in front of the boiler-room furnace.
In the midst of all this, the man giving Joan a ride tells her that she reminds him of his daughter, who died nine years before. View all online retailers. Former friends are reunited in difficult and surprising circumstances Childhood friends, whose affectionate relationship suffered an abrupt disruption, are reunited unexpectedly in the home of a mutual acquaintance.
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