This started brilliantly. I was instantly swept into Pet's world, her grotesquely vile older sisters, the oddness of the sudden flight from the family home and subsequent strange, fated journey, but what on earth happened in the third part of the book? I've read it twice now and I still don't know.
There's rather a lot I didn't really get and I'm left wondering if it was just me, am I a bit thick, missing Big Flashing Pointy-Hands of metaphor and reference. Was there a point to the poodles, the dead kitten, to the talismanic poodle-toys - or was it just a pile of red herrings all along?
I thought I was reading an enjoyable fantasy but the third part threw me for a loop, so wildly different in style and carrying nothing that even resembled a continuation of the previous plot, I can't help but feel I'm missing something terribly profound.
Or maybe I am just a bit thick.
I enjoyed the writing hugely, loved part one, liked part two, you should read it for that at least - in fact, please do read it, then maybe you can tell me what it was really all about.