It's the start of summer vacation, and 15-year-old Richard has discovered that a family has taken up residence in the usually deserted Wish House. Richard is intrigued by both the house and the bohemian family now living there. The father, Jethro Dalton, is an internationally renowned painter; his seemingly licentious wife is fascinated by herbs and cures. But it's their beautiful and vibrant daughter, Clio, the muse for Jethro's paintings, who draws Richard utterly into the Daltons' world. Soon Richard finds himself so captivated by Clio that he steals off to the woods to spend days and nights with her, meanwhile struggling to understand and fit in with her eccentric clan. How could he know that some mysteries are best left alone, and that some betrayals can never be forgiven?weiterlesen
"This sinister and intense novel will surely appeal to teens eager to follow the twists and turns of a tangled, yet affecting tale." (School Library Journal)
"Rees is a master at evoking both a sense of place and atmosphere, techniques she uses to effectively imply situations and emotions, rather than explicitly state them. This beautifully written novel will disturb many...with its implication of incest, strangely blended and overlapping families, and voyeurism. As such, it will challenge your most adventurous teen[s] and twentysomething[s]." (Booklist)
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