About the book
From her lookout on the first floor, Ginny watches and waits for her younger sister to return to the crumbling mansion that was once their idyllic childhood home. Vivien has not set foot in the house since she left, forty-seven years ago; Ginny, the reclusive moth expert, has rarely ventured outside it.
But with Vivien’s arrival, dark, unspoken secrets surface. Told in Ginny’s unforgettable voice, this debut novel tells a disquieting story of two sisters and the ties that bind – sometimes a little too tightly.
Review by The Benches Reading Group:
Poppy Adams debut as a novelist engendered a lively and protracted discussion – our longest in three years. A psychological novel which aroused disturbing thoughts. Much room for interpretation as very little is fully explained. The characters, only six, developed in one’s imagination as their behaviour could not be read with any degree of certainty. A ‘Baby Jane’ atmosphere in the sister relationship could make a suspensive Hitchcock film.
4 stars out of 5