This is the kind of novel you don't want to tell much about. (Near comparison: saying who's who in 'The Crying game'). And yes, it's about spirits, voices from the dead, decoding of those voices, and so on. Main characters are psychics and disciple, gross apparitions, and a lot of sublte social analysis. In other words: this novel is exceptional! Beyond Black (2005) take Alison, psychic, and her assistant, Colette for her portraying of a 'diverse' (alternative?) kind of affilitation. It was shortlisted for a 2006 Commonwealth Writers Prize and for the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction.