Ms Norton wrote a cleverly crafted book that intrigued me right from the start.' A cold case goes unsolved for decades until a tenacious detective, Sadie Sparrow, quite literally stumbles on it while on forced vacation in Cornwall, England. Driven by her own demons, she develops a passion for the beautiful, but neglected, house on the lake; and even more so the mysterious characters who have been struggling with a family tragedy for the better part of a century. Ms Norton knows how to weave together a good story and she keeps you guessing right to the end. The only disappointment is the ending itself. It seems almost too good to be true and more than a bit contrived. The characters, which were so properly developed throughout the book, suddenly lose their magic while events are almost forced to a conclusion that tries to be too neat. Apart from that it is a very entertaining read.
Anna, self-confessed bibliophile