I loved this! A tale reminiscent of (but very different to) The Secret Life of Bees. As much as I loved this and thoroughly enjoyed it, it was at the same time a cruel and horrible reminder of how some people treat others. Just because they appear to be different. They're only a different colour for goodness sake! Isn't the creator allowed to play with crayons on the skin? why does our hair colour or eye colour not make us second class citizens if our skin colour can?At the same time as I take comfort that many of us don't feel that way I'm terribly saddened that many do feel just the way certain characters in this book do.
This was brilliant!And I only just realised that Cody McFadyen is a guy not a woman. I think that knowing he's a guy makes his characters make more sense. I just thought that Smoky was an odd character for a woman to create, but she's still one that I completely like.I was totally holding my breath during parts of this, waiting for the killer to do something totally awful to Smoky, and to have it happen, but totally not what I'd expected, but perhaps even more awful than what I'd imagined.
This book is fabulous. Even not knowing anything at all about dragonflies, the book is simple enough to use to enable me to identify a dragonfly that I may have taken photos of. Which is exactly what I want this book for!
All of the reviews by other authors that they print on the cover are right. Mo Hayder is sooo good!I did figure out who the bad guy was, but that didn't spoil it at all. I hope Jack and Flea sort themselves out soon though.
I just finished reading this last night.It's the second time I've read this book, the first time since I began to explore my pagan beliefs. About life. About the earth. About living.. and love..about learning..About the moon.. the first time I read this book it had a profound effect on me with regard to the moon, and ever since I've been aware of her path through our sky. Waxing and waning. Tried to feel it in my blood.I don't think I do, but I'm most definitely aware of it...A full moon is a most joyous thing to me.The book. I find it odd, that a lot of the characters names are used differently than in common tradition. For example Lancelot is called Lancelet, and Guinevere is called Gwenhwyfar.. and so on.But other than that, I love Arthurian tales. And this is one arthurian tale, very well told.And told from a womans point of view. A godess point of view.Great book.
I didn't like this book at the start, but by the time I got to the end I loved it and was left wanting more!I didn't feel like this was the same Sam who was in the Taylor books, but maybe she isn't. Maybe losing her family changed her so much that this isn't the old Sam any more. Not having Sam as a major character in the Taylor books we didn't get to know her intimately, but now we're seeing a side of her that was maybe always there, but we just didn't see it. Despite that, I really enjoyed this book, and I would like more. I'd like to see more of quite a few of the characters too - not just Sam, Xander and Fletcher, who I believe will be back, but Susan and Eleanor too.
I want this book primarily to enable me to identify any butterfly that I may take photos of. It's really great, and I don't think I've found a butterfly that I've photographed yet that I haven't been able to find in here.