Personally, I do not feel Vera should have been hanged. The murder had not been premeditated. It was a crime of passion and temporary insanity brought on by none other than the emotionally impotent Eden.
And another thing, what about that niece of Vera's. Faith knew what Eden was out to do. Both Faith and her husband knew what Eden was doing was wrong, they should have done something about it. Some how I feel this murder and hanging could have been avoided, if Faith had gotten envolved. And where was Vera's brother John in all of this? Why didn't he get envolved!!?
Ultimately though, Vera should not have been hanged, given the circumstances. If there was an injustice, it was against poor Vera.
Sorry for typos, can't figure out how to use my spelling checker here.
Very quickly (within the first 10 pages) you know who is going to be killed by who. The rest of the novel covers the years leading up to that time. It's a fascinating character study, and a slice of life in 1940s England. The characters in the book are forever concealing their motivations, sins, and passions from society as a whole. The narrator struggles to understand her family members, and what caused the murder to take place.
In the end, you will also see that there is a mystery that is left hanging for the reader. Not the one that was revealed on page 10. However, there is another assumption in the book, that you find is not valid, and the solution is never laid out.
This book is slow, as some reviewers have mentioned. The first 50 pages or so take awhile to get moving. I advise you to stick with it, as these characters aren't as one-dimensional as they might originally seem.
So if you are looking for a fast paced mystery novel then this is not for you. If your expectation is that of a piece of literature that well depicts a society family in 1940s England, and the dysfunctional nature that they try to conceal and how it affects their lives both then and into the present, then this will not disappoint. Just don't expect this book to go quickly.