Vickers, not as a Catholic,
tries to open the reader's mind to what lies beyond
the veil cast by everyday life; this works on several
levels in the course of the teasing story : nothing
is quite what it seems. Life- and indeed death - offer
The strength of this novel lies in the way it broadens
the reader's perspective on the mystery of existence.
The characterization of the two women is subtle, charming,
and utterly convincing: human beings, Vickers shows
us, are not static, but dynamic realities, constantly
growing and changing, never standing still. Life is
a flux, a continuing story of development that leads
us ever deeper into the heart of light.
Mysterious, light of touch,
but also unnervingly profound, Vickers is a writer whose
insight can only thrill the modern reader, longing as
he or she does for the truths that always seem to lie
tantalisingly beyond our grasp. This novel brings them
close; it represents a considerable and enticing achievement.
David McLaurin Catholic