Shades of Ireland, the Empire, youth culture and secrets. There's a fog that doesn't really lift until the end and then it's much easier to see the story as a whole, and where it was going. A good read.
She got up, strolled over to the window, pausing to look straight into the yellow eyes of the sparrow hawk in a way she knew would anger Danno. Why not tell him about Joss, she thought suddenly, it might be a relief, she'd never just said it out, she was always so locked into trying to prove the opposite. That black was white, that Joss wasn't as she knew he was.