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Magical, intriguing and memorable
on 17 June 2013
This is a very interesting and compelling story, with some almost magical moments. I am not a big one for fantasy/mystical type stuff but this somehow crosses the boundaries for those of us who are a bit sceptical about that kind of thing.
Some of it is set at night time in the Cambridge fens, and after reading it you almost feel like you have been out there yourself. It reminded me how amazing it can be to be around nature and to just let yourself experience what's around you without the usual everyday distractions. There is enough room for you to use your imagination with this story, and some of it feels almost cinematic - but certainly not too in-your-face.
I could really believe in the main character, Evie, and wanted to know how things turned out for her and how she would deal with all that was happening in her emotions and her life. It also had plenty going on with other people and events aside from Evie's inner life, which helped drive the plot and keep you turning the pages.
I found the ending pretty pleasing, and while you don't find out everything, there is enough of a punchline to make you feel satisfied, and it is quite a witty conclusion.
If I am going to be picky about anything, it is that I am a bit suspicious about how mature Evie seems in terms of the understanding and empathy she has for others, for her age and given her own experiences. Although we know it has taken her time to trust again, perhaps she is a bit more unscathed than you might imagine from what has happened to her. And I was surprised how much she seemed to take to her teacher, who I found quite pushy and a bit annoying!
I would definitely recommend this book, and I may well read it again. I am 43 but I didn't really feel like I was reading a book for teenagers. It is a book with a teenager in it but anyone can enjoy it. Looking forward to a sequel maybe?? PS Don't buy the kindle version, the actual book is beautiful...I regretted getting the kindle version when I saw the actual one!!