Such a strange, mystical story which deserves to be savoured. You will find it hard to resist reading this book in one sitting as you fall under the author’s spell. This story is based on the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice while set in modern Newcastle on Tyne Northumberland England. Claire, the narrator, and Ella are best friends, very close to finishing school when they meet Orpheus. Orpheus, although revealing little of his life, portrays the freedom the girls yearn for. Experience the sharp pangs of emotion with Almond’s unique style as two close friends are tenderly, yet painfully, pulled apart and they can never turn back. Don’t forget to enjoy the cover of this book before and after you read this story. Karen Radford has certainly interpreted the book well. Cover artists are very rarely acknowledged for their contributions to a hard copy book. I don’t judge a book by its cover but I am certainly influenced by the illustrations to select the book off the shelf, hard copy or ebook!