Once, I walked into Perranporth in Cornwall from the place I was staying.It was about 7 miles away across undulating, rocky North Atlantic cliff-top. Despite it being only April, the day warmed up considerably. Apart from when I had a bad headache, I didn't drink water often at the time and I hated my only drink of Perrier. On that walk, however, came a craving for sparkling water and when I got into the town, the first thing I bought was a sparkling water. I drank it and was cooled and refreshed-without suspecting it, the water had been just what I needed.
I mention this, of course, as reading 'The Bird that Nobody Sees' was the literary equivalent to that drink. As I read, I felt that same sense of cool refreshment as the ideas and situations unfolded. This book spoke to me like few others I have read before.
Its breadth is mind-blowing and staggering. Stuart has once again shown that an adventurous concept and a surreal element to the plot does not need to make reading a dry, pedestrian affair. It is a thrilling book but splashed liberally with a human and humane warmth. At times, it makes you laugh out loud, at others want to whoop and cheer as the characters develop. The dark secret at the core is so full of pathos that tears are never far away as it is revealed.
I feel the testament to a great read is that you want to carry on but that you never want the book to finish. This was so true with this book.
The ending promises some unresolved issues from the the first two FRUGALITY stories might be tied up. I hope this is the case (because I want to know) but as each book is a marvel on its own I am quite prepared for the end of this story to be the end of Rod and Erin-Rose.
So, if you are wondering if you should buy, then do. Please do. This is a book that will live with you forever, and a small amount spent here is a far wiser investment than anything you can buy on Chelmsford High Street....