Top positive review
The book of the year for me.
7 July 2019
Anyone who has read the advance publicity for this book will know that this is the story of a woman, her families and the mystery which bound them.
But it is so much more than this. There are so many mysteries here, not least who knew (just about everybody apparently), and why they kept the secrets so long.
Documents, diaries, meetings, letters, all play a part in the uncovering of the mystery but at its heart, as befits a book by the art critic daughter of two artists, are images, photographs which answer some questions whilst posing others and which Cumming uses to flesh out the facts of the story and elucidate motivations and feelings.
But her family are not the only beneficiaries of her painterly eye and Cummings evokes the flat landscape of Lincolnshire in luminous prose which turns it into another character in the story.
An altogether beautiful work of..literature? art? mystery? it's for the reader to decide.