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This review is from: Wide Open (Paperback)
Nicola Barker's third novel tells a strange tale set on the island of Sheppey and features wild boars, lost property, changing identities and a hunt for a mysterious ape. It is a novel full of the most amazing passages of sparky, brilliant, descriptive writing and unforgettable scenes infused with a sense of violence. Barker creates a galaxy of colourful characters with no toes or who smell like fish and who all seem to be engaged in strange quests with no real sense of direction and the end to the novel brings no real conclusion. I didn't enjoy this novel as much as others. I didn't learn to love the characters in the same way I enjoyed those in Reversed Forecast. At times, the movement between incidents and events seemed too random, just a bit too bizarre. However, I am looking forward to my next encounter with Barker's wonderfully, original world.