An extraordinarily haunting, subtle and moving first novel about secrets and lies and moths, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Prize.
From her lookout on the first floor, Ginny watches and waits for her younger sister to return to the crumbling mansion that was once their idyllic childhood home. Vivien has not set foot in the house since she left, forty-seven years ago; Ginny, the reclusive moth expert, has rarely ventured outside it.
But with Vivien's arrival, dark, unspoken secrets surface. Told in Ginny's unforgettable voice, this debut novel tells a disquieting story of two sisters and the ties that bind - sometimes a little too tightly.
Nothing is obvious in this puzzling debut novel this mysterious and eerie tale. This is an intriguing novel and a hard one to put (dare I say pin) down. - Sydney Morning Herald
A dark yet funny literary tale about the hurt that can be inflicted, especially out of love - Australian Women's Weekly
Decades of lies, scandals and rivalries resurface as a thread of suspense creeps towards a dramatic crescendo - Grazia magazine
Slowly drawing you into its dark, antiquated world, the unusual use of unreliable narration establishes Adams's considerable promise - Sun-Herald