A childhood mystery has haunted James Oakley all his life: the disappearance and unexplained death of his mother far away in India. Year later, in an attempt to unlock the past, he returns with his unhappy wife Daisy to the islands where he was born, a place of treacherous seas and hurricanes, which conceals an appalling secret.
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This novel tells the story of a man whose early loss of his mother has distorted every relationship in his life. In an attempt to unlock the secret of the past, the man travels to the Andaman Islands seeking traces of his mother.Review:
'Langley has ... the power to portray a real sense of deeper truths about humanity within the context of a gripping and moving story’ -- Sunday Times
‘Flawless, lyrical writing and a vivid evocation of place make this a hauntingly beautiful novel’ -- Sunday Telegraph
‘Langley’s depiction of the Andaman Islands is brilliant…provocative and moving’ -- Spectator
‘The closest thing to a faultless novel that I have read in years’ -- Daily Mail
‘skilful and poignant…Langley writes with passion, verve and rare tenderness’ -- Literary Review
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