by Jacqui Lofthouse
Pub Date 22 May 2019
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A literary thriller full of twists and turns that keeps the reader guessing
Alison Bliss, celebrity model and author, walks into the sea one ‘bluethroat morning’.
In death she becomes an icon.
The Norfolk village where she lived becomes a place of pilgrimage.
Six years later her husband Harry, a schoolteacher, is still haunted by her suicide and faithful to her memory. Until he meets Helen and they fall in love. Harry and Helen return to the scene of Alison’s death where they meet 98-year-old Ern Higham, and a tale is revealed that has been generations in the making.
As Harry pieces together a tragic history and finally confronts his own pain, he discovers that to truly move forward, first he must understand the past ...
‘A moving read, threaded through with mystery and excitement.’ – Good Housekeeping Magazine
‘Every word is magical, almost luminous.’ – Daily Mail
‘A literary masterpiece.’ – My Chestnut Reading Tree
‘There are many elements to savour in this novel. Lofthouse has a fine eye for the bleak Norfolk landscape and how it both reflects and affects characters’ moods.’ – Tracy Chevalier
‘The intertwining of the two main stories is very skilfully done, as is the delicacy and understanding she brings to the key themes – suicide, creativity, love and especially paternal love. Very moving.’ – Henry Sutton, novelist and co-director MA Creative Writing, UEA
‘An impeccable piece of fiction that has the feel of a literary classic.’ – The Book Magnet