In homage to this book I visited Abney Garden cemetery. This is technically an Arboretum and was planted with 2500 trees when first opened, many of them being unusual species brought in by the local nurseryman in Stokey, who at that time had the largest greenhouse in Europe. Sadly, after around 100 years of business, his business collapsed and the greenhouse is no more.
I took a photo of my take on the Inebriated Field and also the most wonderful Davidia tree – aka the Handkerchief tree in full flower – a rare site and never one to be timed but lucky happenstance.
The leafy paths were full of dog walkers, in particular a lovely chocolate lab who wanted to walk with us rather than his owner!
And – well, Lidos are clearly an ‘in’ topic having just The Lido and they are very cold indeed when outdoors.
[ Fun fact: New Scientist has just published an article about crows and their face recognition. Not only do they recognise you, but they can tell other crows how to recognise you!]
And now, what did i think of the book?
It was different. It was sad and yet not sad – it reminded us that grief takes a long time to get over, especially the loss of a child.
Ruth Hogan writes in an empathetic manner that tells us much about human emotions and her portrayal of Sally demonstrates this.
But, although I loved the writing, the style and content, and everything about the story, the interspersing of the two women and their stories made the ending rather obvious to those of us who read crime/thriller/suspense stories. So there was no surprise there, which was a shame. This downgrades a 5 to a 4 as I really don’t think we should know the ending that soon.