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Summary

Winner of the Whitbread Book Award, First Novel Award, 2004.
A Richard and Judy Summer Read Selection.

Following the loss of her mother, 8-year-old Evie is sent to a new life in rural Wales, a dripping place, where flowers appear mysteriously on doorsteps and people look at her twice. With a sense of being lied to, she sets out to discover her family's dark secret, unaware that there is more darkness to come.
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Critic reviews

"An exceptional debut of grace and subtlety." ( Observer)

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Excellent Narrative

I listened to this book each day whilst travelling to work on the bus and it transported me to Wales where the story is told. The writing and description is inspiring; the style of prose is impressive. All in all this is a beautifully written tale of discovery and understanding. Well worth a listen.

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  • Elisabeth
  • Harpenden, Herts, United Kingdom
  • 04-03-18

Atmospheric

Great story beautifully told. Immersion in the welsh country life quiet lovely. The social life reminiscent to a degree of my own background. Such a huge shame the very good reader seemed unable to pronounce all the Welsh names properly rather than just some. Also Eve would not have used the term “Grandmother” but as with most welsh communities “ Nain”.

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boring and getting nowhere

I also found this book boring and actually the style of prose irritated me. I felt that the author had set out, not to entertain, but to get as much twee prose in to win a prize( ...as in fact she did!!!) at the expense of writing an entertaining story. I struggled on to the end in the hope that there would be a 'twist in the tale'...but there wasn't and it just tapered off. I was glad I'd finished it, I must admit,and I wouldn't contemplate reading anything else of this authors and certainly wouldn't recommend it.

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And then?

I found this book to be slow and boring. I kept expecting something exciting to happen and it never did. When I got to the end it left me with an 'oh, and is that it?' kind of feeling. Not a book I would recommend to my friends.

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