I am on Scribe’s mailing list. The book’s intriguing cover made me want to read it. So, I requested a copy from the publisher. Scribe UK sent me a copy in exchange for an honest review. This book centres on the life of an extended family. It explores the secrets that one family can contain and the tragedies that occur when those secrets come to the surface. Through the life of the family matriarch Hilary, the writer explores experiences of loss and the consequences of living through the pain that old age can bring, exploring the themes of loss, aging and pain. Her daughter’s, April and Ester, lives allow us to explore the consequences of deception on their sibling relationship and their relationships with the other people within their lives. Through other characters we see the consequences of white collar crime and distortion. This book explores the lives of middle class people living lives of quiet desperation and hope.
The characters are well drawn and believable. They live in a thoroughly realistic and credible world. It is easy to emphasise with their small dramas. The writing is lyrical. The descriptions of the terrible weather that the characters are enduring are evocative. This is an engrossing read which will be the perfect companion on a cold autumnal afternoon by the fire.