The story centres around Chip an airline pilot, his attorney wife Emily and two very sweet twin daughters. The unthinkable happens - the plane which Chip is piloting crash lands on to a lake and Chip is overwhelmed with a sense of failure and depression. He does not think of the 39 survivors he only looks at the nine who died including a little girl who reminds him so much of his own daughters.
Fast forward to a scenario where they move house as Chip becomes so easily identifiable as the surviving pilot of the ill fated plane. The new house is strange and it seems to be linked to the 12 year old boy who committed suicide in this house. We have a little town in Vermont with a surfeit of greenhouses and this seems to link so many people together. Broadly described as herbalists, it is not such a peaceful occupation as the word implies. Dark secrets link the families together and they are trying very hard in involving this new family because the main attraction is the twin daughters.
I cannot say more without revealing the story but it was a fascinating one. Every page brought in a totally different scenario to what you expect and the end is so unexpected that I could not quite believe it myself. I did not like the end at all but the strangeness of it also adds to its piquancy as well as being just "different".
On a non book note I am adding pictures of cinnamon peelers at work. We have some cinnamon plantation and one of my readers was fascinated how the operation worked. Cinnamon is a shrub growing to about six to eight feet in height. The branches when mature are cut off from the main tree, the outer skin (the greenish part)is removed and then an incision is made along the length of the stem.
A knife is inserted all around and the bark is gently scooped out. It is unbelievable how the entire bark comes out in a tight roll. These rolls are air dried (our hot climate means it can be dried inside) and then the quills are sold bundled into lots of around 200.
We use cinnamon mainly in pieces though I do know most receipes call for it in powder form. The last picture is the one of it being air dried.