"..a gripping novel which attached itself to my hands and didn’t let go until I was finished. "
Alastair Cunningham has been found concussed at the bottom of the stairs in the house he rents near Ben Wyvis. His memory is completely gone. He has no family and his only friend is Madeleine who lives in New York. Madeleine reaches out to her niece, Clémence who is studying at St Andrews to see to Alastair while she herself travels to Scotland. Reluctant, but not having much to do during the holidays as she is estranged from her parents for various reasons, Clémence goes to Alastair’s aid. She takes him back to his house named ‘Culzie’ and the scene of the accident.
It is during her stay with Alastair that she discovers a book titled, ‘Death at Wyvis’ written by Angus Culzie. Clémence has very little knowledge of her family having been born in Morocco and only vague distant memories of her grandfather, her paternal grandmother having been drowned at a young age. But as Clémence begins ‘Death at Wyvis’, she realises that the family history she has been told cannot be true, that a catastrophic series of events led to the decline of her father’s family. So it becomes necessary for Clémence to read the book out aloud to Alastair in the hope of bringing him out of his amnesia and for Clémence to discover what really happened to her family and why so many lies? But as she reads, little do the young girl and the octogenarian realise that as they seek the truth, someone is making sure they never find it.