What a strange story this is. I read it rapidly - the story pulled me in and kept me riveted. It may do the same to you, if you like strangeness - and stories like:
- The Graveyard Book - it must have been set in the same place.
- The Lovely Bones - until someone writes "Haunting for Dummies" we have these few books to guide us in the after life
- Stranger with My Face - twins, identity swapping, and soul snatching
- The Devil Wears Prada- exotic shoes and high fashion as a plot device
With this staging, the action begins - with the sure hand of the deceased Elspeth guiding the revolutions of the girls, her lover, and even her sister into her orbit. Her writing The living take their cues from the dead; and the action unfolds with deadly consequences.
When it ends, all the characters lives are reconfigured - some drastically, some in very subtle ways. Relationships have been decimated and resurrected; cowards and heroes come to the fore. But never is the demon that drives the plot exorcised; instead, a destiny shaped of happily ever after awaits.