Compelling and beautifully written . . . the strength of the book lies in the exquisite handling of the metaphor of the sea - constant but shifting, all surface but all depth: and in particular the dangerous emotional currents that in both stories collide forcibly to make disaster inevitable (Lynne Truss, THE TIMES
Enthralling...an object lesson in how to unravel a complicated plot (Anita Brookner
Rich, sensual prose...subtle and disturbing (Rosellen Brown
Shortlisted for the Orange Prize, this is a beautifully crafted novel that explores the way in which we tell stories to try and relieve the weight of the past. (SUNDAY TIMES
A fascinating tale of obsessive love, hidden motivations and the endless resonance of guilt. Shortlisted for the Orange Prize in 1998.