“Run away, one drowsy summer’s afternoon, with Holly Sykes: wayward teenager, broken-hearted rebel and unwitting pawn in a titanic, hidden conflict.Over six decades, the consequences of a moment’s impulse unfold, drawing an ordinary woman into a world far beyond her imagining. And as life in the near future turns perilous, the pledge she made to a stranger may become the key to her family’s survival . . .”
Oh David. You’ve done it again.
Mitchell is one of my favourite authors with his dextrous, intelligent prose and ingenious narrative structures. From the blurb I found myself wary that the supernatural elements in this one would be too weird (I’m not usually into fantasy), but I’m glad I disregarded my preemptive judgements.
Just shy of 600 pages, this epic transverses the lifetime of a single character and delves into some monumental themes (good and evil, deep time, choice and destiny). As with many of Mitchell’s novels, this one is pieced together through multiple narrators (each voice impeccably crafted) from various points in time who are all connected in one way or another. It is a winding, thrilling journey through the past, present and near future that is both terrifying and reassuring.
And just in case you don’t believe me – even Josh loved this one. That’s worth double points.