I bought this book after reading the author's recently published 'A man like any other', promising myself that I wouldn't open it until after Christmas. Famous last words! Again, I simply couldn't put it down. Mary is the only author I have come across who effectively gives away the end of the story on the first page without once losing the reader's interest, as another complex story unfolds, full of surprises and bizarre ramifications. For me, the only disadvantage is that in my haste to turn pages, I do not properly absorb all of the finer details, so it is a book that deserves rereading - in that sense a true 'classic' that will remain easily accessible on my shelves for years to come.