Slowly the mysteries hidden in this small community on the edge of the moors begin to unravel. But one of Gabriel’s memories remains sharper than all the others: that of his boyhood friend Michael, the tenderness of their first summers and the violent betrayal that destroyed it.
Karin Altenberg was born in Sweden and moved to Britain to study in 1996. She holds a PhD in Archaeology. Her first, bestselling novel, Island of Wings, was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book Award and the Scottish Book of the Year Award and was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction.
I love stories about secrets in small communities and the cover of this book caught my interest too.
There are a lot of things happening in the book. There is the story of the children. Often very emotional it is harsh to read what happened to them. I loved reading that part of the book.
There is the adult part of the story that I did not really enjoy. I was annoyed with the fact that people where called Mr. and Mrs. all the time. I had hard time connecting to them and getting a good feeling. There are some characters in the story that did not really make sense to me either though they did get a proper spot at the end of the story. This took out of some of the pleasure of this very well written book.
Author: Karin Altenburg
Publisher: Quercus Books
Publisher: eBook | Hardcover