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Oystercatchers - Susan Fletcher

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Genre: Fiction / Author: Susan Fletcher / Paperback / 384 Pages / Book is published 2008-02-04 by HarperPerennial

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      18.02.2010 21:15
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      A pleasant and innocent book, will make you yearn for a trip to the seaside!

      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      For the first six years of her life, Moira is a quiet and withdrawn child who sees only blurry images.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.

      ***Sibling rivalry***
      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.

      ***Nuptials**
      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.

      ***Bedside vigil***
      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.

      ***Verdict***
      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.

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