"'Talking to the Dead' is a novel of secrets. Secrets so secret, some of them are never revealed. It is not an easy read, but it is eventually an immensely satisfying one....She delights in detail, as when she takes a whole chapter to describe the preparation of salmon in Hollandaise sauce, followed by apple tart and gooseberry fool. You feel as if you could cook it yourself simply by following the text. Her novel itself is a feast of words."Dunmore, Helen is the author of 'Talking to the Dead A Novel', published 1998 under ISBN 9780316196451 and ISBN 0316196452.