8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Clever, intriguing and well-written page-turner,
By A Customer
This review is from: Rough Music (Paperback)
The story is in two cleverly interwoven halves; in the 1960s, it focuses on Frances' love affair with her brother in law, and her 8-year-old son's awakening sexuality, which draws him towards the same man. The other half is set in the present day, with the son now a gay man of 40 having an affair with HIS brother in law, and Frances suffering from premature Alzheimer's. The characters are likeable and convincing, though perhaps not supremely involving. The novel's main strength lies in the way it keeps you guessing, tantalising you with hints but not letting on until the final chapters exactly what happened in the past. Probably not the most memorable book ever, but well written and extremely enjoyable.