REVIEWED BY SUE CORBETT
When Vivien moves back to her family's crumbling English estate, her sister Virginia hasn't seen her in nearly 50 years. No matter: The poisonous sibling dynamics kick in instantly. Over a weekend, dark history spills out: Vivi's near-fatal fall from the mansion's bell tower; Ginny's relationship with Vivi's ex; alcoholism, dementia, possibly murder. Adams's first novel derives its tension from Ginny's unbalanced worldview. Is she a famous lepidopterist or a recluse? Is she shy or deeply disturbed? The unanswered questions ensure that readers will be haunted by this chilling psychological drama.