White writes complex, heartbreaking novels with just enough pathos and plenty of redemption. She does that to perfection in this novel, managing to pull four distinct perspectives from the same tragic event, write all of them sympathetically and provide plenty of resolution. Though the characters have a tendency to get a bit bogged in the psychology of guilt, the love and the path forward through all of it is so fabulously wrought, it doesn’t matter in the end.

Eleanor and Helena are tied by too many unbreakable bonds to count. They have both lost their father. They love the same man. They are closer to each other and know each other better than any other human being can know them. And they are sisters. Helena’s tragic accident leaves Eleanor wracked with guilt and in a rut of self-sacrifice that she cannot escape — until the mystery of her boss, his Hungarian aunt and a secret that has been held since World War II challenges everything Eleanor has built her life upon. (NAL, Jun., 352 pp., $25.95)

Reviewed by: 
Victoria Frerichs