1880s England. On the bleak island of Ray, off the Essex coast, an idealistic young doctor, Simeon Lee, is called from London to treat his cousin, Parson Oliver Hawes, who is dying. Parson Hawes, who lives in the only house on the island – Turnglass House – believes he is being poisoned. And he points the finger at his sister-in-law, Florence. Florence was declared insane after killing Oliver’s brother in a jealous rage and is now kept in a glass-walled apartment in Oliver’s library. And the secret to how she came to be there is found in Oliver’s tête-bêche journal, where one side tells a very different story from the other.
1930s California. Celebrated author Oliver Tooke, the son of the state governor, is found dead in his writing hut off the coast of the family residence, Turnglass House. His friend Ken Kourian doesn’t believe that Oliver would take his own life. His investigations lead him to the mysterious kidnapping of Oliver’s brother when they were children, and the subsequent secret incarceration of his mother, Florence, in an asylum. But to discover the truth, Ken must decipher clues hidden in Oliver’s final book, a tête-bêche novel – which is about a young doctor called Simeon Lee . . .
PRAISE FOR THE TURNGLASS:
‘Rubin has pulled off the difficult trick of writing an ambitious novel that is also an easy, enjoyable read’ The Times, Crime Book of the Month
‘An intricate and thoroughly mesmerising tale of family plots and schemes across several generations’ Guardian
‘Your initial amazement at his ingenuity comes to sit alongside an appreciation of the heart and depth he brings to his stories. A risky idea, beautifully executed’The Telegraph
‘If immersive fiction is for you, you’ll adore this tête-bêche novel . . . Expect two very different stories that magically come together’ Belfast Telegraph
‘Wildly clever and evocative, I adored it’ Angela Clarke