- Print Length: 352 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (1 Aug 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon UK
- Language English
- Official website: Marika Cobbold
It is winter in London. Eliza Cummings, a ceramics restorer at the V&A Museum, is leaving work when she receives an unexpected phone call. Standing in the haze of the Christmas lights she hears a voice which draws her back twenty-five years – to the night Rose died.
But why does Rose’s father want her to visit him? Why now? And why is he killing her with kindness when they both know that he blames her for what happened to his daughter?
Grief and guilt cast terrible shadows, but as this beautifully wrought story unfolds and the scene shifts from London to the fairy tale landscape of the Swedish countryside – and back in time to Eliza’s school days – we learn that generosity, humour and friendship can smooth over and restore even the most broken lives, and that some secrets just can’t be kept hidden…
My Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)
I don’t usually like reading books where we have two first-person narrators. In the past, I’ve stopped reading more than one book written this way. Confused my little brain!
Not this book.
Both first-person narrators are well-defined and there is even a heading telling you each time the narrator changes. (Always helpful)
The main protagonist is Eliza Cummings. Her story’s set in the present as she struggles to live her life 25-years after the death of Rose, her best friend from school.
Eliza’s story also brings us a family reunion with her uncle and godfather, Ian (who is also Rose’s father) and some other interactions that I won’t spoil in this review.
There are some nice distractions with the ceramics references and I feel I know a lot more about this subject than I did before reading this book!
The other narrator is Sandra/Cassandra. Her narrative takes place in the past around the time of Rose’s death. Sandra/Cassandra is a new pupil at the school and she’s forced upon a group of three princesses (including Rose and Eliza), who really don’t want her in their group.
We experience the events at the school through her eyes, which is a great touch.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the characters are well written and believable. I could visualise the three main settings: Eliza’s house, Uncle Ian in Sweden and the old school very well. The injection of humour throughout the book is a welcome distraction from the darker main story.
I highly recommend Drowning Rose and I’m looking forward to reading more of Marika’s books.
This is the first review I am writing for the Eclectic Reading Challenge 2012.
I have classified this book in the favourite genres category. It is general/contemporary fiction. This is the first book I’ve read in 2012 and I have Amazon’s 12 Days of Christmas promotion to thank. I probably wouldn’t have come across this book otherwise and I am very grateful.