With all due respect to my fellow/reader reviewers, I urge anyone thinking of buying this book on the strength of its various book prize nominations, NOT to read the very detailed review which appears on this page. You need to come to this story utterly unknowing and utterly unaware of the various layers of this incredible story and its many and varied characters and their relationships and, in particular, how they all connect. Uncovering this as the story unfolds is an INTRINSIC part of this book's unbelievable ability to draw you in till you just can't put it down.
Suffice it to say, this book is a brilliant first novel and I absolutely "lived it" as I read it.
The story revolves around the drowning of 2 young children in a small riverside village, some 30 years earlier and the impact this has on the lives of their parents and friends and, indeed the entire village, the shockwaves spreading outwards like a those of a pebble cast into the water.Its portrayal of English rural life is faultless, and Wastvedt's ability to capture the almost incestuous nature of the co-dependent relationships in such a tight-knit community is stunning.
This would make a truly wonderful film, its various twists and turns keeping you on the edge of your seat as they do even as you read it! Towards the end, I was actually skipping pages to uncover the truth behind the many different strands of this story! Truly remarkable and thoroughly enjoyable, can't wait for her next novel.