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In 1491, during the early hours of Shrove Tuesday, near the small and isolated village of Oakham in Somerset, the body of a man seen in the river. By the time rescuers arrive, the body has been swept away and only a fragment of a shirt remains. The fragment is enough to identify the owner: his name was Thomas Newman, the most prosperous and industrious man in the village. It has been raining heavily, the riverbanks are slippery, he could have slipped.
Our narrator is the village priest, John Reve. He has secrets of his own, and it’s difficult to judge just how reliable a narrator he is. How can we judge who knew what and when?
I kept reading. The more I read, the less certain I became of what I thought I understood. And yet, I am not dissatisfied. Perceptions become reality, confessions have their own versions of truth.
Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Grove Atlantic for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.
NOTE: My original review (which was rejected by Amazon) is included in the note below.