By Lucy Atkins
Roaming through Oxford’s secret passages and hidden graveyards, Magpie Lane explores the true meaning of family – and what it is to be denied one.Tweet
This book is set in Oxford about a Scottish nanny, Dee, who over the years has worked for various families there. She obviously feels she doesn’t belong there and you gather she also has some secrets in her past. Her latest charge is Felicity the 8 year old daughter of a Oxford master. She is selectively mute, having experienced the trauma of losing her mother at 4 years old. Her father and his new wife, are the most neglectful parents that Dee has come across over the years. Felicity goes missing and the book is Dee’s view of what happened in the run up to that, as she is questioned by the police.
Its a bit creepy, and quite absorbing - I read it in two sittings!
Lovely descriptions and style of writing. Wasn't quite sure whether the reference to the house being haunted was going to lead anywhere, but it turned out to be more of an aside. The story meandered a little towards the end, but overall it was an enjoyable read.
A window into the life of an Oxford college master. I loved the setting and descriptive passages but found that the book was overall too long and had to push myself to reach the end. Do read!