A gripping literary thriller set in post-tsunami Japan, where a missing child continues to haunt his parents long after the waves have receded.
Sachiko lives with her husband, Harry, and infant son, Tashi, in a small village on the North-eastern coast of Japan. When their village is hit by the 2011 tsunami, she awakes to find her family are missing. After a fruitless search she, like many others, is forced to leave the area due to radiation fallout. She moves to Tokyo, and a different life.
Harry had already planned to leave. He uses the disaster as a cover, and flees to a mountain refuge. He lives there, hovering on the border of sanity and haunted by the spirit of their son. Winter sets in, and eventually he is forced to return.
Neither can hide from the ghosts of the past...
- "A harrowing tale of the failure of cross-cultural relationships." - Kit Fraser
- "Rhiando has managed to capture the pace and anticipation of a thriller and successfully combined it with the compassion and emotional pain of a Toni Morrison...Heartbreaking stuff." - Patrick Kelly, Bookmongers