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The Sixteen Trees of the Somme

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It's the early 1990's. Edvard has been brought up by his taciturn grandfather on a Norwegian hill farm since his parents died mysteriously in a Franch wood and the 4 year old Edvard disappeared, presumed abducted, and was found 4 days later. There are things grandfather doesn't talk about, like the small copse of trees that belonged to his estranged brother, Edvard's parents, the war and after his death Edvard begins to untangle the mystery of his parents' death and his disappearance, going to Shetland and France.


This makes it sound all rather like a conventional family saga but in fact it's an extremely well plotted mystery with lots of slow burning twists and turns. There's also quite a lot about wood but not, imo, too much.


It was completely not what I expected and I loved it.




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