'incredibly well crafted and as is traditional with Owen Marshall every single word is placed perfectly' - NZ Radio
Brilliantly tracing the progress of unexpected love and the perils of relationships, this gripping novel is a tour de force.
Temporarily in Auckland while her husband is undergoing treatment, Sarah enjoys a walk in the coolness of the Symonds Street Cemetery. As she pauses at the grave of Emily Keeling, murdered in 1886 by a rejected suitor, a stranger named Hartley strikes up a conversation. Before long he arranges to meet Sarah for coffee.
So their friendship begins, and soon blossoms into an affair, rich in mutual understanding and sexual excitement. But love may become obsession, which brings with it disquieting demands, even menace.
‘When love is not madness, it is not love.’