Annette Clifford returns to her childhood home to find the building falling apart, undermined by two huge sycamore trees. Her arrival has awoken the spirits of her parents, Jack and Netty, who watch over her as she tries to organise the house. But when Jack and Netty start to remember the past, when Netty was sick (dying of cancer) and a strange man with seemingly magical healing powers moved in and stole all their attention from Annette, they become desperate to make amends in any way they can.
Fell is quite well written. Some scenes are very vivid (particularly when Netty is throwing up seawater – don’t ask), with strong imagery. However, a lot of this didn’t seem to add anything much to the plot, which was mainly about Netty’s illness and the stranger’s apparent resistance to give her any actual help.
I usually love a ghost-based story, but the ghost thing didn’t really work here to be honest. We follow the story from Jack and Netty’s perspective, but it jumps awkwardly from present to past which was abrupt and confusing. The story itself left a lot to be desired and, though I’m sure some people will say it’s marvellous (it’s one of those books where you can see that others would love it), it really just didn’t do it for me. I found the whole thing uncomfortable to read, and rather boring.
I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.