Top positive review
Loads of good bits, well worth reading.
on 10 October 2017
A tantalisingly interesting story in many ways which I enjoyed more at the time than looking back on it... It's a big exploration of twins; what it means to be a twin; and there's a lot about grief, and letting go. There are some marvellous rationales for why ghosts behave the way they do, which I found fascinating. Also the book is a great advert for Highgate Cemetery, which I feel I got to know very well. But there are a few plot points that just don't work (a few mild spoilers coming up): I couldn't see the point of the elaborate switch between one set of twins, or why it would involve them avoiding each other for the rest of their lives... And I would have thought that sudden death is always followed by a post mortem... And although Robert struggles and struggles with his bereavement, certain other characters recover extremely quickly from a shocking and devastating loss, going out for dinner and pursuing new goals. Ah, well, nothing's perfect, and I did enjoy it.