I found this to be dense but rewarding writing, and just permeated with weariness and sadness. Not just because of how thoughtlessly mean Colette is about Alison, especially her weight (and Colette is truly unlikeable but well-written in that way)- but how being connected to the Spirit realm, as imagined by Mantel, is low-level exhausting, numbing, like being pranked constantly. And how Alison, because of her psychic abilities, can't escape her dead abusers or her childhood. But warmed by the humor and camaraderie of the group of fellow psychics. Then at the end I thought: I bet each chapter corresponds to one or more of the major arcana in the tarot. But I was too lazy to go back and see. It would make a good paper though. Feel free to take it as a subject.