Haunting story following three friends from students to adulthood

  • Book: Flight
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Author: Isabel Ashdown

Review Author: sjillis



Lifelong friends Robert and Laura welcome Wren into their small circle while at university. Nearly a decade later, Wren and Robert seem to be happily married, with an infant daughter, Phoebe, but one day Wren disappears. Twenty years later, Rob and Laura have given Phoebe a secure home, contentedly living as a couple, though Rob is still married to Wren, from whom nobody has heard. Their serenity is interrupted by a series of events: a reporter investigating a story on early lottery winners; Rob’s receipt of a mysterious letter; and Phoebe’s secret.

Laura traces Wren to the Cornwall coast where she finds she is hiding more than just her location. A haunting story with beautifully developed characters. Ashdown evokes memorable university and coastal Cornwall settings, though the London of Rob and Laura’s adulthood is less well-drawn. It’s impossible not to love Laura, the irrepressible adolescent who becomes the glue that holds everyone together. Enigmatic Wren is likable, but it’s hard to understand her actions and motivations.

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