This book investigates how people cope with the unspeakable. The character Eleanor is an authentic and lonely person who isolates on schedule. She slowly moves into the world of other people when a neighbour needs her help. “I was glad to help, glad to be moving away from Mummy-related conversation. There were various chores Mrs Gibbons needed assistance with – Raymond had elected to change the cats’ litter trays and empty the bins, so I’d certainly drawn the long straw with the laundry”. She created a fantasy world to protect her that included her mummy and a dubious rock star. It slowly melts away as she builds real relationships and confronts her past trauma. Raymond becomes a friend and helps her become truly fine. It is a fast paced, easy and engaging read.