After the deeply disturbing Deaths which made me realise the dangers of consumerism and the British obsession with it which brought us to the current economic mess. I wanted a lighter read.
I read Daniela Sacerdoti’s first book set in the highlands last summer. And knew it would take me to Highland Scotland not far from where I am just now.
The book did not disappoint in location. It took me to a Highland Glen which as it had the first time reminded me of the Maggie books by Joan Lingard which I’d loved as a teenager and her Grannies Highland Glen.
The story is about a middle child living in London whose younger sister has a heart condition. She gets the call she’s dreaded all her life that her sister is dying and returns home to spend three weeks with her sister till she passes away. Imry has the “sight” can see the dead and she desperately wants to see and speak to her dead sister but she’s lost to her. As is her voice. From the moment her sister Emily dies Imry loses the power of speech so deep is her grief.
Despite her best efforts she can’t reach Emily instead a mysterious ancestor Mary her great great grandmother haunts her imploring her to find her lost girl. Who is the girl? And why is she lost? These questions are the theme of the book.
I don’t in general like books with ghosts. It disturbs me too much and I don’t really believe in ghosts. Yet this book makes them believable and not in a scary way. In a healing way as the book is about grief and where that hard journey takes you. In grieving you want to get back what you have lost that loved human. You want you back too. But you can’t get them back as you are changed for ever.
This book has compelling characters in it. It’s about the power of love and a location steeped in myths and legends which brings healing and the realisation that our loved ones are still with us.