I liked it. Iris and Esme are great characters, but I really liked Esme. She was weird and unsure and a major lunatic……… or maybe not. Maybe she’s just misunderstood, or confused. You wouldn’t know, and that’s part of what makes Esme an exciting character. There is so much mysteriousness about this book, and the author sure won’t let you figure it all out until the very end. I was a little surprised even though I expected it as well. I know that sounds weird, but that’s how I felt.
There are three narratives; the present by Iris. Past by Esme. And another fragment of the past by Kitty, Iris’ other Aunt, who is Esme’s sister. She talks about her memories, but it jumps all over the place because she has Alzheimer’s. It was actually interesting and I wanted to read and read and read and finally figure it all out. Sometimes, it got confusing, but I liked the story and the characters that I kept going.
I liked it. Highly recommended, very fast read. And yup, good ending.:)
I love Maggie O’ Farrell’s books. She’s awesome.