Alison May - All That Was Lost
All That Was Lost
Perfect for fans of Maeve Binchy
In 1967 Patience Bickersleigh is a teenager who discovers a talent for telling people what they want to hear. Fifty years later she is Patrice Leigh, a nationally celebrated medium. But cracks are forming in the carefully constructed barriers that keep her real history at bay.
Leo is the journalist hired to write Patrice’s biography. Struggling to reconcile the demands of his family, his grief for his lost son, and his need to understand his own background, Leo becomes more and more frustrated at Patrice's refusal to open up.
Because behind closed doors, Patrice is hiding more than one secret. And it seems that now, her past is finally catching up with her.
May thrills in this English familial mystery, adding enticing plot layers as intricate and divisive as the themes she introduces.
‘Intriguing with a cast of complex characters that keep you fascinated, this is a page-turner and surprisingly tender’
‘A resonant, emotional story about grief, loss and love with a complex, tragic heroine―a fake psychic reaching the end of her career. Although it's about death, this story is never depressing, and ultimately it's about recovery and healing’
‘A beautiful and compelling story that delves into what is real, what we are willing to believe and the power of grief’
‘"All That is Lost" is a bold, beautiful thought-provoking novel, that sensitively confronts difficult themes’