, May 20, 2018
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A very fine novel and one which evokes setting in every way possible – the darkness, the way of living on this land, the use of this land for workers, illegal and otherwise, the land’s change over the years, the rawness of the sea and the elements ….it’s exposed, raw and hard to deal with at times..and all of this is also the essence of this very immersive read.
The land is inhospitable in places and this is reflected on the poor illegal immigrants forced to work for peanuts in back breacking work on farms and marshland. The story built slowly but each piece fell into place and created a jigsaw of emotions. Romney Marsh holds many secrets it would seem and the story revealed them one by one.
This novel really shone for me as it weaves social commentary, great writing and unique observation of landscape into one neatly tied package. It’s grim in parts but there’s a raw quality in its brutal honesty and I found myself slowing down to appreciate it even more.
A great first in a series. I’m definitely on board for book two although I wil have to stop thinking that the main character is called Cupid