"A fine balance between comedy and tragedy ensures the reader a sense of deep satisfaction after the last page." -- Ruth Rendell
"Ellis...[has a] broad grasp of human nature and the elusiveness of contentment." -- The Atlantic Monthly
From the Publisher
The five guests at the inn on a remote Scottish island have at least one thing in common--they are all in flight from Christmas. Are their respective unhappinesses impervious to the influence of the uncanny? This shrewd and witty gem, originally published in 1990, won the Best Novel award from Britain's Writers' Guild.