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Thoroughly enjoyable read.
on 22 November 2012
I read this in one sitting after buying it on a whim. The central character, Grace, returns to England following the death of her godmother. She moves into her godmother's house and starts to become aware of an unsettling presence there. She begins to have vivid nightmares of drowning and episodes where she feels haunted by the experiences of Hawise, a young woman living in Elizabethan York. The sense of menace builds slowly throughout the novel, helped by the constant and claustrophic theme of water. You feel that the threads of Hawise's and Grace's lives are being interwoven inexorably together. The author's descriptions of Elizabethan York are very atmospheric and really add to the strength of the story. She skilfully blends the stories of Hawise and Grace without a sense of jarring. Would thoroughly recommend for a cosy afternoon by the fire read!