I suspect this book will get a lot of fuss when the paperback comes out later this year, and I will not be surprised if a film comes along at some point later (which personally I would avoid if it does). Having said that, it deserves to have a runaway success. Without question this is a way-cut-above-the-rest novel. I was disappointed with the opening: yet another description of a dead girl, and not long after a stupendously grisly depiction of an accident. However what makes this book stand out, is its subversion of expectations that continue to remain credible, pushing on the narrative and delving into the characters' minds. One narrator is split in two by telling the story as a child and as an adult. It continually confounded me, but its revelations (maybe too strong a word) are subtle but vice-like gripping. It is a real web of a book and if the author is the spider in the middle, I got caught and eaten alive at the end. Brilliantly written.
- I must add here that I listened to the audio book read by the mesmeric Andrew Scott and by Asa Butterfield who also does a fine job. (And if you do listen to it, you just have to accept the fact that despite the doubling younger/older but same character narrator of the book, in the audio version Butterfield is English and Scott is Irish - it matters not)