By Tristan Hughes

A very descriptive, evocative and haunting novel. 

Book cover 'Humming bird' by Tristan Hughes

The story centres around the isolated, lonely life, of Zachary Taylor. He and his father live on the shores of a lake in the Canadian wilderness, with only a few diverse characters as neighbours. An elderly woman’s daughter comes to stay, to sort out her life after divorce. She and Zak’s dad tentatively make friends. Then comes Eva, a young niece of an eccentric resident. Eva begins a voyage of discovery as she becomes friends with Zak. He agrees to help her find the remains of her parents, whose sea plane crashed in the area when she was a child.

This is a departure from my usual obsession with psychological thrillers but a very rich, absorbing and satisfying read.

Narrated by the teenage Zachary you can feel the stream of loss and love meandering slowly throughout the tale.