In 1958, in a small Devon village, two children, playing in a boat on the river, are drowned. Their parents are distraught but remain in the village, living together yet estranged, for the next thirty years. Over time their tragedy becomes part of the invisible fabric of village life until, one summer's day, Anna arrives. She comes to the village to escape her own disappointments. She does not tell anyone that she is pregnant. Anna goes to live with Isabel, and for a time the women find solace in each other's company. But the baby's arrival opens old wounds leading, inexorably, to tragedy...
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'Full of brooding sadness, right up to the unexpected horror of the ending' -- The Times
'Impressively understated, lyrical, deftly written' -- TLS
'Intense and lyrical. A narrative of escalating suspense' -- Guardian
'Moving and impressive, strongly atmospheric. A remarkable achievement' -- Penelope Lively
Tricia Wastvedt was born in London in 1954 and lives in Bath. This is her first novel.
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