After travelling for years around the world Steve decides it’s time to find his own place to call home. Together with his new found friend Liesel, he finds a perfect house with a beautiful cellar. Liesel and Steve have quite different ideas about how the cellar should be used.
Everything moves along quite smoothly at the beginning of the book. Steve and Liesel seem like pretty normal people and their relationship develops well. How could anything go wrong? Well, it does, and there are flashes of the situation throughout the book to tease the reader. It explains the what, but not the how, so you can’t help but keep reading.
My favourite sections of the book were the flashbacks to Steve’s childhood and his interactions with his family as an adult. They cover some pivotal moments in his life; some important and shocking, and others that helped shape him as a person more subtly. From each it was his emotional experience of the events that was significant; helping to build a picture of how his adult life turned out the way it did.
The ending left me questioning what I thought I knew about Steve. Was my interpretation of everything right? I don’t know, but I’d like to think so.
You can read my review for Anne’s previous book here Sugar and Snails by Anne Goodwin