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The edge of the water
on 6 October 2014
This is a slow and drawn-out tale set in a small town in Washington State, near the sea. There are paranormal attributes.
A black seal keeps coming to visit the harbour each year on the same day and this attracts attention from various persons including local kids, shopkeepers who run a festival around the seal, a fisherman and a naturalist who wants to do PhD research on whether the seal is a mutation produced as a result of a past oil spill.
The characters are not easy to like and I didn't feel interested in any of them, so after the first quarter of the book I skipped on to read the last quarter. I don't believe I missed anything much. The last part is nice to read as it brings a legend to life and explains a lot of what was going on but just abstrusely hinted at in the earlier parts.
Really what put me off the read was the amount of time that is spent with the unintelligent kids and their constant wishful thinking about sexual behaviour. All of that could have been tightened up to make the book more involving. If someone can slightly read minds, I'd like to see the girl put this skill to better use.