Reviews

  • "Absorbing and insightful . . . A gripping and tender exploration of family secrets and shame."

    Carys Bray, author of A SONG FOR ISSY BRADLEY
  • "I loved this novel about journeys of discovery, both emotional and real. Sarah Jasmon has a great eye for complex family dynamics, long-hidden secrets, as well as the detail of life on a narrowboat. I was completely taken up with the main character, Charlie, and the intriguing mystery she uncovers. Thoroughly enjoyable."

    Claire Fuller, author of OUR ENDLESS NUMBERED DAYS and SWIMMING LESSONS
  • "A gorgeous family drama."

    Emma Curtis, bestselling author of THE NIGHT YOU LEFT
  • "This was stunning. Utterly mesmerizing writing, an emotionally powerful story . . . I devoured it."

    Louise Beech, author of CALL ME STAR GIRL
  • "Sometimes travel is an escape and at other times, a passage to redemption. From the wonderfully drawn opening scenes in sticky, crowded Thailand the reader feels Charlie is adrift. For years she has avoided the secrets threatening to surface in her fractured family. This tale of a reluctant homecoming, of an outsider investigating the stories no one else will speak of, makes for a lyrical and compelling read. I especially liked the nicely fairytale notion of a mother bequeathing her daughter a narrowboat, and Charlie’s journey through warm-hearted canal communities. Jasmon writes skilfully about love, the unspoken, and the subtle evasions around a family’s painful past."

    Martine Bailey, author of THE ALMANACK