On the fifth anniversary of his sister's death, nineteen-year-old Jonny Dart is still troubled by guilt and an imperfect memory of the accident that took her life. Did it happen as he remembers? Or are there important details he has forgotten. A 'complex tour de force from the Carnegie-winning author of The Haunting and The Tricksters.' - Kirkus
On the fifth anniversary of his sister Janine's death, nineteen-year-old Jonny Dart is still troubled by guilt and an imperfect memory of the accident that took her life. He goes searching for the only other witness to the fatal event, his sister's best friend. But instead of finding the answers he's looking for, he finds Sophie - an old woman with Alzheimer's.
Sophie lives with several cats in genteel squalor, and has no memory of recent events. As a temporary outcast and labelled a loser, Jonny takes refuge with her. In Sophie's house, past and present merge for both Sophie and Jonny. Their accidental meeting changes their lives.
The well-thought-out characters and intricately structured plot are profoundly satisfying. - Publisher's Weekly
Another splendid, complex tour de force from the Carnegie-winning author of The Haunting and The Tricksters. - Kirkus
Warmly recommended for its insight into a special relationship, vivid descriptions and depth of character portrayal, this will be appreciated by thoughtful readers. - School Library Journal
Margaret Mahy's many books - picture books, short stories, and fiction for teenagers as well as younger children - have been hugely successful all round the world and she is indisputably one of the most popular and successful twentieth-century children's authors. She has won the Carnegie Medal and many other awards, and has been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. She lived in New Zealand until her death in 2012.