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It's an interesting story and well told, though I didn't enjoy it as much as I did `The Glass Guardian' or `Untying the Knot' two other books by the same author, probably because I didn't find the characters in this one quite as endearing as I did in the other two stories. I'm also particularly partial to the paranormal element in `The Glass Guardian'
Linda draws her very real and complex characters deeply, and this is the real strength of this book. The way the family works together to maintain an illusion for their famous and mentally unstable seventy-year-old mother is very skilfully shown in a series of scenes written from different family members points of view.
Gwen, an only child, comes from a dysfunctional family (who are now all dead) and she looks forward to being part of Alfie's large family. She is received well by the family and she strikes up a friendship with Hattie, the youngest of the mature family. Gwen and Hattie's share a passion for quilting and needlework, and the use of needlework imagery to reflect aspects of life is one of the things I really like about this book. Whilst working on a quilt in the attic, Gwen comes across something that simply doesn't fit the story she has been told, and so she sets about uncovering the mystery.
The story shifts from Gwen's point of view written in first person to scenes from other characters points of views written in third person. This worked well--in fact I really liked it--when the third person scenes were a different character's point of view, but even though the changes were separated by a blank line, I found the third person a little disorientating when Gwen was in the scene, especially when the change happened within a chapter. It was a bold move by the author to do this, but I'm not sure that it was necessary when Gwen could have described all her own scenes from the first person.
Over all this is an excellent book and I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys contemporary fiction with a mystery.
What is more fun than an English country house where the inhabitants make a reader wish to be invited to visit there? One of my favorite lines is from the youngest sister, Hattie, a slightly left of center kind of person, who blurts out things most people wish they could say:"She was more interested in her made-up people than us." All reading aficionados will recognize that sentiment!
This story has great dialogs, fascinating characters, lyrically drawn descriptions of the landscape and a compelling plot seasoned with humor as well as the vagaries of life.
When I read a book, the characters are often not cohesive. I start building their personality in my mind and then it seems the author goes astray and I can no longer form an accurate picture in my head of their personality. Linda is not like this. Once your start forming your picture of Gwen, Alfie, Marek, etc., their personalities stay congruous to the end.
In this book, practical Gwen goes with her charming boyfriend Alfie to what he refers to as his childhood home. The estates occupants are living in a house shrouded with secrets. Throughout the course of the visit Gwen uncovers a long buried mystery, but it turns out to be a personal discovery as well.