A strong central character and a good solid story make this an enjoyable and engrossing read. The movement between time frames – then (clinging onto the edges at a minor public school) and now (clinging onto a job in the department of transport) – works well to generate enough mystery and suspense to drive the novel and make it compelling. The language is rich, but not gratuitously so, and is employed only to give the story the texture that it demands. The dark secret at the novel’s heart is mercifully plausible and no big deal, but its ramifications are expertly handled and strike fear and anxiety enough in the reader. A very well reviewed book that is well worth reading.