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Seaview Terrace by [Rigby, Kate]
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Acutely realised observations of a community disintegrating under its own contradictions and tensions. Crafted novella

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 495 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SV2DBG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #779,557 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kate Rigby's books are primarily character driven, which is what I absolutely love about them, and this novel, Seaview Terrace is perhaps even more so. There is not so much of a plot, more of a fly on the wall documentary kind of feel about the story and the writing. The story concerns the residents of Seaview Terrace, a group of flats overlooking the sea, and the many hidden lives, thoughts and perceptions that evolve behind closed doors. For anyone who has ever lived in a crowded street, or a block of flats, or a claustrophobic close, this book will resonate with you and the view of people coming and going, never really knowing anyone, but making your mind up about them anyway. The characters decide who they like and who they hate and who they would possibly like to get to know better. Maxine is perhaps the main character; trapped in a loveless boring relationship, she is somewhat alienated from the other residents due to her partners bullish ways. Mystery and intrigue arrives in the form of Hassan and his extended family, and Maxine, along with some of the other characters becomes very drawn to him, wanting to know more. In this way the tension slowly builds up during one hot summer. Lives change, seasons change, and people change, and become drawn together where once they avoided each other. As with all Rigby's books, this is an accurate, amusing and touching portrait of human life and nature.
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Having read A Far Cry from the Turquoise Room which ended with a teaser that Hassan and his family also featured in Seaview Terrace, it was immediately downloaded.
I completely agree with some of the other reviewers that the characters and surroundings of Seaview Terrace are so vividly described, I feel as though I could point out the building and the residents from the sea front. Guy's nicknames for the other residents only assist in their portrayal.
The attraction or suspicion of Hassan's family as seen through the eyes of the residents in fascinating; how the arrival of one particular family can alter the equilibrium for so many.
Highly recommended.
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I felt I could have been there! The location and characters are so vividly described (the prose is excellent) that I felt that it could have substituted for an A-Z of the area. The writing style is distinct and unique, and a complex web of relationships is portrayed as they unfold over the course of the book. The plot is occasionally a little nebulous but for total immersion in a place and its inhabitants over the course of a single English summer, this couldn't be bettered.
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Read this some time ago and it's one of those books I want to read again.
Love the vivid descriptions of the characters and the way their lives are interwoven, found it very atmospheric and real, felt like I had met the characters. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
Another wonderful story by Kate Rigby!
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Good observations of human behaviour, but book never really gets off the ground. Leaves you wondering how all loose ends will sort themselves out.
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