The Gravity of Birds is written by Tracy Guzeman and published by Harper .
Sisters Alice and Natalie were once close, but adolescence has wrenched them apart. Alice is a dreamer who loves books and birds; Natalie is headstrong, manipulative – and beautiful. On their lakeside family holiday, Alice falls under the thrall of a struggling young painter,Thomas Bayber. Natalie, however, seems strangely unmoved, tolerating sittings for a family portrait with surprising indifference. But by the end of the summer, three lives are shattered.
Decades later, Thomas, now a world-renowned artist, reveals the existence of a portrait of himself with Alice and Natalie from that fateful summer. The sisters themselves have disappeared without a trace. And Thomas is torn between taking the secrets of the girls to the grave, or using the painting to resurrect the past before it closes up on them all for good.
Firstly, what a gorgeous cover to this book, really stands out.
Set over a number of decades with many characters which normally I struggle with, but the writing style was ‘suggestive’ rather than telling you everything straight away which makes you want to read on and find out what is going to happen. I very much liked the way this author wrote and whilst the characters all seemed to have problems, you certainly could warm to them. It’s a haunting story and one that may make you shed a tear or two.
Will definitely be looking out for futher work by this Author.
Available via Amazon UK