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4.0 out of 5 stars A terrific cat's tale, 22 Feb. 2003
This review is from: Yaxley's Cat (Piper) (Hardcover)
You could be forgiven for thinking Robert Westall's book was meant exclusively for children, but it reminded me (in tone) of Rosemary's Baby. A mother and her two children arrive in a small town on the Norfolk coast and so begins a series of tense stand-offs from the locals. Lot's of craggy-faces stare from the shadows of the village hedgerows, leaving the new arrivals worried for their lives. It's a terrific read for both young and old and well worth discovering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic story and not just for children, 13 Jan. 2013
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S. Pope (Oxon United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Yaxley's Cat (Piper) (Hardcover)
This book was down as a required read for my MA in Children's Literature and I think is usually classified as an older child's/young adult read. However, as an adult I found it enthralling and would recommend it to any reader.

It is the story of a woman and her two children (not sure on ages - they seemed to be more in their teen years than younger) who decide to rent a derelict cottage on the marshes near Cley-next-the Sea, in Norfolk. Apparently the cottage has been deserted for years, but it seems that the previous inhabitant - Yaxley - has only just died. The state of the inside suggests that the man left it in a hurry, or at least unexpectedly, but no one reports mysterious disappearances. The three agree to rent the house for a week to see if they like it, with the idea of extending the rent for longer if all turns out well. However, as soon as they move into the house, they become the object of the local villagers' often unfriendly interest, and are also haunted by a strange cat who appears every evening to howl outside. In little time, the villagers become openly hostile to the new tenants, the cat gets into the house and starts acting bizarrely, and warnings soon come their way to vacate the property or else face danger.

This is quite a short story - I read it in one day - and is unputdownable. Unusually for a teen/child book, the main protagonist is an adult - the mother - than the children and she does grate a little with her neurotic ways but this doesn't detract from the strength of the story and the tension which Westall creates from the start. A fantastic read - highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great spine tingler, 16 Oct. 2010
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Jo Bennie (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Yaxley's Cat (Piper) (Hardcover)
Two children are on holiday with their mother in Norfolk, out exporing they come across an abandoned cottage and get permission to live in it. They are soon joined a cat that they find out belonged to the previous owner, Yaxley. As they find out more about the mysterious Mr Yaxley, his unexplained disappearance years earlier and as they meet the people of the local village horror and the terrible truth begin to be revealed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yaxley's cat, 8 Jan. 2012
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M. Yaxley (SELBY, N. Yorks United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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I was delighted to find this, given my name! I have had a copy for years but wanted to share with nephews and nieces. A good entertaining story for all, even without my surname!
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