I brought this as I know Sarah very slightly, it wouldn't normally be the kind of thing I like. Having said that it was a good read with lots of twists and turns. The writer uses wonderful descriptions and clearly has a gift with language. Several times I re-read a passage and admired how well crafted it was. The story telling and plot sometimes let the book down. I felt it could be shorter without losing it's essential characteristics. Having said that it did hold me to the end, partly because the characters were mostly strong and well developed. I loved the stuff about Hungary and all the crap that happened after the war, and how the grown up kids just couldn't understand things from their parents perspective because it was so alien to modern western experience. I did have an issue with the Lydia character. She came over as if she was in her twenties, working as an acrobat and having sex with all and sundry, but trying to work through the dates and timeline and comparing her with her brother I thought she realistically must at least be late 30's and how she was written didn't fit that. Not that people over 30 don't have sex or walk on stilts - but she read as an adolescent to me. That aside the book is definitely worth £1.02 and I'd love to read more work by this writer.