Sight Unseen Hardcover – 2 May 2005
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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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hard back copy in excellent condition and a really good read. If you have visited the stones at Avebury you will love this!Published 1 month ago by Jentim
I have read several of his books and find them well written and intriguing.Published 1 month ago by brian
I enjoyed the story but found the plot difficult to follow. I was hoping for a happy ending. The historic detail was very interesting.Published 8 months ago by Brenda - Bexhill
Excellent read and as good Robert Goddard the pace never stops. I loved the historian bits as well.Published 13 months ago by Linda29
I live in Wiltshire and Marlborough and Avebury are two of my favourite places so this book was especially interesting to me . A typical Robert Goddard twist and turn ... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Tricia