Book Review: Helen Dunmore, Talking to the Dead

On the surface, Nina and Isabel appear to be like many close sisters, finishing each others thoughts and sentences and, above all else, fiercely loyal, despite many betrayals over the course of their relationship, big and little. After Isabel’s difficult birth of her first child, Nina, a traveling freelance photographer, goes to her older sister’s aid at her country house outside of Brighton, England. There the past confronts the sister’s as waves crashing on the shore as they struggle through the hottest summer in two hundred years, each consumed with their own savage version of the truth of the defining moment of their childhood, while betrayal takes on new levels and meaning. Excellent, compelling story with a riveting narrator that I was unable to put down much of Sunday.

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