'A compelling story which is written with a light, deft touch that belies the emotional punch that it packs.' -- Kate Atkinson
'A novel of dazzling cosmopolitanism, light-handed wit and relentless suspense, by a writer of great originality of talent.' -- Sybille Bedford
'An ultimately tragic tale of sophomoric lust and snobbery.' -- Independent
'Beautiful, intimate.' -- Observer
'Beautifully constructed, delaying its shocks until the last possible moment...Worthy not only of Henry James but of Elizabeth Bowen.' -- The Times
'It is original, intelligent, emotionally powerful and yet it is written with a feather-light touch.' -- Historical Novels Review
'Perfect holiday read...Invites re-reading for the sheer pleasure of the prose...Imbued with the spirit of Henry James.' -- Guardian
From the Back Cover
A chance encounter in a French town brings dark memories flooding back to fifty-five-year-old Kate.As a student at Sweet Briar College, Virginia in the 1950s, she joined a grand tour of Europe along with three classmates and their chaperone, Miss Grist.At the last minute, the mysterious and wealthy new girl, Olivia Hartfield, surprised them all by joining them.
Revelling in the unparalleled freedom of the old world, Kate and her friends gradually form a privileged and sophisticated clique as, one by one, three intriguing but very different young men latch on to their party. But nobody is quite as they appear, and as facades crumble, this journey will prove eye-opening in ways the girls couldnt have possibly have imagined.On a remote outing a tragic and sinister event occurs.Now, thirty years later, the question is still open: what really happened that day?
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