Gillespie and I is set in the nineteenth century and told through the eyes of Harriet Baxter, an English spinster, who takes a trip to Glasgow following the death of her aunt. She extends her stay when she meets and befriends the Gillespie family, quickly making herself as indispensible as possible in their often chaotic household. Ned Gillespie is an artist yet to find any significant recognition. His studio is in the attic where Harriet thinks he endures the too numerous distractions of his family. Ned's mother Eslpeth, champion of good causes, his wife Annie who is sometimes seems a little overwhelmed by motherhood, his two daughters, the delightful three year old Rose and the somewhat disturbed seven year old Sybil, his opinionated sister Mabel recently returned from America and his brother Kenneth, who holds secrets of his own. But is all as it seems? When tragedy strikes the family is ripped apart and the truth slowly unveiled in this tale of obsession and deceit. Gillespie and I is the second novel by Jane Harris; following the success of her debut novel, The Observations, expectations were high and it certainly does not disappoint. This is an atmospheric novel, full of period detail, which grips the reader from the start. It takes you on a journey, along with a cast of well-developed characters, and doesn't let you go till the end. This is a bitter sweet tale, as humorous as it is tragic and a great read!