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4.0 out of 5 stars A spooky page-turner, 21 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Brodmaw Bay (Paperback)
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Brodmaw Bay is an engrossing story about the Greer family who decide to leave London after their son is attacked whilst travelling to school. The father, James, picks up a children's book whilst sitting in his son's hospital room and is immediately attracted to the idyllic Cornish seaside town portrayed in the book. He becomes obsessed with the idea of moving his family to this seemingly safe and peaceful place. The fact that the pictures appear to have been drawn by his illustrator wife fuels this obsession (even though she cannot remember drawing them). When James travels to Brodmaw Bay he finds that it more than meets his expectations and the locals are thrilled at the thought of a new family moving in. The move initially goes as planned, but it soon becomes clear that things are not quite as they seem.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as it is an enjoyably spooky page-turner. Whilst it is obvious that things are going to go wrong you are not sure how. I really liked the description of Brodmaw Bay. The description of the derelict church is actually quite unnerving. I also liked the way the Greer family was portrayed. You do like and sympathise with them, but it is not an uncritical portrayal. At the beginning of the novel you get the impression that they are a thoroughly middle-class family who are insulated from the real world due to their wealth. They are also shown as being incredibly naÔve at times and they fall into the trap of thinking that life will be perfect once they escape London. James is especially naÔve in that he just ignores all the warning signs. At times I felt like shaking him! This book does have some flaws. It's not terribly realistic at times. The residents of Brodmaw Bay are a bit two-dimensional and will inevitably make you think of The Wicker Man (especially the charismatic lord of the manor and the sexy teacher).

This novel is not perfect, but it has many enjoyably spooky moments and I shall definitely be reading more by F G Cottam.
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