The novel takes place mainly around the family estate on Martha’s Vineyard known as Tiger House. Nick and her cousin Helena have grown up here, through many summers, and in the years following World War II their lives have taken divergent paths. Helena heads off to Hollywood to a husband Nick is wary of. Nick reunites with her husband who is attempting to adjust to life after military duty. The cousins reunite at Tiger House as their lives are brought together and torn apart by family secrets and a local murder.
Wonderfully written, you can smell the salt air drifting over blue hydrangea and the sound of pounding surf. Dramatic and engrossing!