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This is a review of the book 'Oystercatchers' by Susan Fletcher. It's an absolutely beautiful read that I enjoyed every page of.
I won't go into too much detail about the storyline as I always find it spoils it for those who want to read the book but the plot and storyline - a basic outline goes as follows:
***Poor sight but a bright mind***
For the first six years of her life, Moira is a quiet and withdrawn child who sees only blurry images. Glasses change her into a observant and intelligent child who sees the beauty and detail of nature at her seaside home town in Wales.
**Moving away from home***
She is so bright she gains a scolarship offer at three schools and Moira chooses the furthest one away, in Norfolk to escape her parents who she has a deep hatred for since they conceived their second child.
Whilst she is away at boarding school her sister (Amy) is born and Moira resents her deeply. Moira's not a popular child at school and is bullied by the other children.
Fast forward a few years and Moira finds a boyfriend (Ray), who she marries and it's five years before she returns home. An accident puts Amy in a coma for her teenage years and Moira feels an incredible guilt and returns home.
The story moves between the present - Moira at Amy's bedside in hospital talking to her and trying to explain the hurt she felt as a child. It also tells the rest of Moira's story, interweaving her beloved Aunty Til and other influential characters she adores and also those she hates.
The book is so delicately written, the wildlife detail and imagery of the sea gives the book a natural flow and although Moira, the main character is actually quite unlikeable, talks about herself in the third person and could sometimes help herself a bit, she ends up with your sympathies.
My book also ended with an interview with the author, a reflective piece about the book and its characters and more information about Susan Fletcher's other book, Eve Green.
Would I read more of her work? Yes, I like her style and the way you can engage deeply with the characters. I flew through this book due to a couple of train journeys over the past two days and felt it was the right length and well-written.