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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting melancholy, 28 Dec 2012
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This is the story of a group of idealistic young women mountaineers in the early 20th century. Their struggles and rivalries could be interpreted as a metaphor for the struggles and rivalries among women as a gender - from the Suffragettes to the modern age - and yet the book is never didactic or heavy-handed. It's a deftly-told thriller, chilly with foreboding, which presents a subtle and poignant picture of the emotional shifts and transitions in the emotional lives of the characters.

Grace Farringdon, the heroine, is a brilliantly slippery creation; unreliably unreliable, a narrator we can never entirely trust, but with whom we identify completely. Her wanderlust and spirit of adventure is thwarted at every turn, and ultimately leads to tragedy.

A sense of haunting melancholy pervades this novel which stayed with me long after I had finished reading it.
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