Considering the meandering and predictable nature of this book, I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected. It’s one that’s not about the destination so much as the journey – and there’s kinda the moral of the story too.
The story centres on Tom Hazard, a man who ages so slowly he looks barely 40 but is in fact closer to 400. His “condition” has lead to a great deal of heartache in his life, and in the modern world staying under the radar has gotten even harder. The mysterious Hendrich has offered him security for a price: never grow roots, never fall in love. Tom knows that rule better than he’d like. From his childhood in the 1600s when everyone feared witches and demons to modern day London where kids shrug at history and only stare at their phones, his tale has taken him down many dark alleyways. His heart still aches for the woman he once loved, and for the daughter so cruelly taken by circumstances. The daughter who may be still alive.Continue reading