Ida’s feet are turning to glass. Midas is haunted by his relationship with his father. Their paths cross and this is their story.
The book is beautifully written and is naturally poetic without being forced and self-conscious. It has a magical, fairy-tale quality and Shaw takes an implausible situation and makes it completely believable.
Shaw evokes the landscape of a cold and inhospitable island whilst simultaneously giving it a warm, mysterious and alluring charm. The characters are sympathetically drawn, unusual and interesting, and we can recognise and identify with their vulnerabilities and motivations. Considering its subject matter, the novel is surprisingly uplifting, although I can’t really explain why. I feel as if it has cast its magic over me.
This is not the kind of book I would usually read but I am so glad I discovered it. It is pure delight from start to finish.