Brilliant and mercurial Will Tye suffers a life-changing accident. The terrible event ripples through three generations of the complex Tye family, bringing to light old tragedies and dangerous secrets.
Each member of the family holds some clue to the chain of events which may have led to the accident, and all hold themselves to blame.
Most closely affected is Will's cousin Cecelia, whose own life will change forever depending on how she responds to such unbelievable and shocking truths.
©2016 Salley Vickers (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd
"Beautifully and brilliantly controlled. A triumph." (John Julius, on Miss Garnet's Angel)
"Absorbing, subtle and utterly joyous." (Sunday Times, on The Cleaner of Chartres)
While I enjoyed this book on the whole - well-written and well-read - I did find the story difficult to follow at times, because of its rather tortuous and rambling nature, and the strain of keeping pace with the various characters and their nicknames. The central character, Will, is evidently meant to be seen as complex and charismatic, but (to me, at any rate) was merely unlikeable, which made it harder to engage with the story at times. However, the real strength of this novel lies in the compellingly claustrophobic atmosphere built up by close family relationships and the subtle ways in which shared secrets and memories shift and alter over time. There is a reflectiveness and wisdom in the author's observations which make it well worth listening to, probably more than once.
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