After a week spent in this part of Cornwall, this was the perfect choice of reading.
Again, Patrick Gale jumps along the timeline, giving us glimpses of the characters at various points in their lives. We see Barnaby, the man of God, at a crisis, witnessing a suicide. And then, piece by piece, we learn why it was even worse than we anticipated.
The narrative is captivating and intense. My criticism, though, is that Gale always feels that he has to give us a glimmer of light at the end.