This is a book about phobias and obsessions, isolation and dark corners. It's about families, friendships, and carefully preserved secrets. But above everything else it's about love. Finding love - in any of its forms - and nurturing it.
Miss Hayes has a new theory. She thinks my condition's caused by some traumatic incident from my past I keep deep-rooted in my mind.
As soon as I come clean I'll flood out all these tears and it'll all be ok and I won't be scared of Them anymore.
The truth is I can't think of any single traumatic childhood incident to tell her.
I mean, there are plenty of bad memories - Herb's death, or the time I bit the hole in my tongue, or Finners Island, out on the boat with Sarah - but none of these are what caused the phobia.
I've always had it. It's Them. I'm just scared of Them. It's that simple.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 27/08/2015
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781444790092