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Sight Unseen Hardcover – 2 May 2005

4.4 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; FIRST EDITION edition (2 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 059305363X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593053638
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,085,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Compelling…. Satisfying, intelligent.”―"Publishers Weekly"

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Another classic mystery from the 'master of the clever twist'. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Hardcover
Robert Goddard has yet again written a compelling mystery thriller that is interwoven with a historical connumdrum.
David Umber is Ph.D student who witnesses a child abduction at a Wiltshire beauty spot in 1981.The tragedy that unfolds before his eyes comes back to haunt him 23 years later.But did it ever go away in the first place?
The prologue to this story is superbly written reminding the reader of his finest work,(the last pages of 'Take no Farewell' spring to mind).This book, unlike 2004's 'Play to the End',which was highly entertaining takes a serious adult subject and draws the reader into a dark complex story where the enemy is evil and elusive and the victims are often tragic and incomprehending.
Robert Goddard is a master at drawing his readers into a hypnotizing story and then producing shattering revelations. Those hallmarks are on display again in this very fine book.
Everyone has their favourite Goddard novel and personally this does not quite hit the heights of his early novels or 'Caught in the Light' overall, but it certainly leaves you wishing the rest of 2005 away in anticipation of the the next installment from this superb and highly imaginative author.
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Format: Paperback
Some 20 years after he witnessed the abduction of a child, David Umber is drawn into re-investigating the abduction and the killing it resulted in by a retired police detective, George Sharp who was one of the original investigators. George has never been quite happy with the official conclusions.
As David and George strive to make sense of the few facts they have, it dawns on them that not everyone is happy with their re-opening of the case. Whether this is due to the pains of re-opening healed and healing wounds, or has more sinister backgrounds, is not clear to us until the very end.
The story twists and turns, and leaves us continuously ponder the major question: Why was the child abducted? Cleverly, he hides this from our view until the last few pages.
Robert Goddard is a rather new acquaintance for me, but has a long career as a writer behind him. This new book is well written with believable characters and a story that makes sense - eventually. It is obviously the product of a seasoned author. I enjoyed it very much, and will recommend it. The mystery makes it a typical crime, but it is more thriller-like than the classical English crime novel. A typical page-turner, which was difficult to lay down.
Enjoy the read!
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is as good as many of the earlier thrillers of Robert Goddard. It has strong locations in Avebury and Jersey and a plot with many unpredictable twists and turns. A young child is abducted and over the following years everyone who is a witness to these dreadful events, or tries to discover what really happened, dies in suspicious circumstances. The historical dimension to the mystery is intriguing. The strength of Mr Goddard's tales are that they are intelligent and captivating and you can't see through them until he is ready to reveal all on the last page.
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I was switched on to Goddard after a chance recommendation from a fellow crime aficionado queuing in a Sutton Coldfield bookstore and I haven't been disappointed. Since then, I've read "Closed Circle", "Set in Stone" and "Play to the End" which remains my favourite. Having visited Avebury this summer, I couldn't resist his latest offering and, as with all the other titles I've read thus far, "Sight Unseen" made for riveting reading. With his deft observations, Goddard always manages to place you squarely in the locations he writes about - a talent which sets him apart from other writers - and the plot twists come thick and fast which impels you to read just one more chapter than you meant to before bedtime. However, sometimes Goddard's historical knowledge gets the better of the narrative giving rise to occasionally unconvincing or overblown sequences. Certain exchanges between David Umber, Claire and Alice made me laugh out loud because they were so overly earnest and melodramatic and I sometimes wondered whether the Junius connection, while fascinating, actually lent anything to the story or whether it was just an excuse for Goddard to flex his history-fed muscles. Also, read too many of Goddard's novels and you'll find the same stock characters cropping up to the extent that they could be interchangeable. Dexter, Rendell and P.D.James are, in my view, better writers in this regard. The mounting pressure on David Umber was particularly well drawn even if one's credulity was stretched a little at the main protagonist's every step being second-guessed. Still, there is never a dull moment with Goddard and I look forward to the day he gives my own locale the Goddard treatment!
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Format: Hardcover
Yet again, Robert Goddard has produced a wonderful work of literature. This is a great novel which had me turning the pages until 5 in the morning - I could not put it down. The plot is satisfyingly complex, the characters well presented and developed and the plot kept me engrossed. A wonderful book from everybody's favourite writer. Keep up the good work Mr Goddard and never put down your pen!
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