Really enjoyed reading this book, set in early New Zealand. The chapters alternate between what turn out to be the ghosts of a family killed by who knows who (don't want to give a spoiler), and a soldier who deserts and survives much hardship, through the years. It all ties up satisfactorily at the end. All this, set in the Auckland of the 1850s. The diverse characters are all well-drawn and there is a good level of suspense maintained. The supernatural element is believable , with just enough mystery to keep you guessing.