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Nick and her cousin, Helena, have grown up sharing sultry summers at Tiger House, the glorious old family estate on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. As World War Two ends they are on the cusp of adulthood, the world seeming to offer itself up to them. Helena is leaving for Hollywood and a new marriage, while Nick is to be reunited with her young husband Hughes, due to return from London and the war.

Everything is about to change. Neither quite finds the life she had imagined, and as the years pass, the trips to Tiger House take on a new complexity. Then, on the brink of the 1960s, Nick’s daughter Daisy and Helena’s son Ed make a sinister discovery.

A simmering novel set after World War Two in East Coast America which is brilliantly told from the viewpoint of the five main characters. Without giving away the ending, this is a gripping novel which builds so much that the last quarter of the novel is “unputdownable”.

Macmillan/hardback/£12.99/9781447212058

Sheila O’Reilly

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