They’re separate stories linked by location and fringe characters. They can be read independently or in any order.
The novel was inspired by locations I love (Lincoln where I worked for several happy years, Istanbul my favourite city in the world and Alanya a repeat holiday destination) and some disturbingly real emotional experiences from the recent past and long ago.
If all writers mine their own history, there’s definitely a chunk of mine in here but not actual people.
The characters are all composites or imagined with one complete exception: Boo the Springer Spaniel exists exactly as she’s painted in the book.