Having read, and liked, other books by the author I decided to give this a go despite my reservations. I don't read books about psychics and paranormaHaving read, and liked, other books by the author I decided to give this a go despite my reservations. I don't read books about psychics and paranormal worlds because they usually hold no interest, and nor do I think them to be particularly believable (although I appreciate many enjoy the escapism).
This is the story of 2 sisters with psychic abilities and when one sister predicts an earthquake will occur, the ground and the environment surrounding both sisters certainly does change.
The story is a touch predictable in parts but we'll written. Have to say I didn't warm to any of the characters, but something still kept me engaged.
Thank you to Netgalley and publisher for this review copy.
As soon as I saw this book advertised I wanted to read it. I really enjoyed her previous novThank you to Netgalley and publisher for this review copy.
As soon as I saw this book advertised I wanted to read it. I really enjoyed her previous novel A Song for Issy Bradley because of the storyline and local setting. I think I liked this novel even more.
At the heart of this book is a daughter and her father, both trying to deal with the death of their mother and wife. The daughter, Clover, is sensitive like her Father, and at age 12 wants to understand more about the death of her mother, Becky, who died when Clover was weeks old. After a visit to a museum she decides to build her own, mostly misguided and misunderstood and fantasised, image of her mother with mementoes her father has kept. He has struggled to deal with the death of his wife and has hoarded her possessions. It is these possessions that Clover uses to build what she thinks will be an exhibition to her mother's life.
Clover has a happy life and her father and family / friends love her and that was comforting. It was through her father's flashback memories that we begin to learn a little more about Becky and how she died. I think this was pieced together really well and the slow reveals made for an interesting story.
Again this book was set in Southport (old Lancashire, now Merseyside). A town I know very well and I was easily able and enjoyed piecing the locations together. For me the setting and even some of the side notes like putting the plastic charity bag out for collection, which for some might seem too colloquial, really added to the appeal of the novel.
Living in close proximity to the Preston Temple and knowing this book was set in Southport, a town I know very well, made me intrigued enough to wantLiving in close proximity to the Preston Temple and knowing this book was set in Southport, a town I know very well, made me intrigued enough to want to read this book.
The opening descriptions of the mother walking across the sands hooked me in. The author accurately describes the very bumpy coast road, the bird hides, and the seemingly endless walk out to sea.
The book centres around a Mormon family dealing with the death of a child..Each family members copes differently. They were interesting character portraits.
This book is heavy on references to the Bible and scriptures. And Mormon church interpretations. I had only a very basic understanding of their beliefs and now that is much fuller (although I'm sure some would argue inaccurate - the author is no longer a member of the church).