At first I thought this was just going to be so-so. There was a sense of deja view about it. 1958, a large house in Cornwall by the sea. An extended family congegrate there every Summer, a mystery occurs........ ( see Judith Lennox book below). However what a suprise I really wanted to finish this, it is a wonderful snapshot of the time, and beautifully written. This book reduced me to tears. I liked the idea of redemption, the way the characters grew in reaction to the tragedy.
This is an excellent book to read by the pool or on the beach this summer, or even in your back garden!
It will also make an very good reading group read, with the themes of religion, suicide, responsibility, the rites of passage, the passing of a post war world etc.