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The VisitorsTtage Flora is curious What could have brought these strangers to the island The man is seductive but radiates menace while Flo finds a kindred spirit in his daughter AilsaMeanwhile several of the men on Bancree have disappeared unnerving the community When a body washes ashore suspicion turns to the newcomers But Flo suspects something else even. ‘The island seemed so safe until people began to disappear’ the cover says That is enough to get the curiosity going The cover is also a drawcardThe island is Bancree and the story is told from the point of view of 17 year old Flora Flo who can’t wait to finish school and leave the island Her boyfriend has just left the island for university Around the same time a man and his daughter Ailsa move to the area and take up residence in the area in Dog Cottage That is unusual since people never move in but only out of the area I rather enjoyed the early part of this story and I liked the stories of selkies which were interspersed throughout The writing was atmospheric and sets the scene of this rather bleak island well Flo doesn’t fit in at school but her and Ailsa strike up a friendship even though Flo feels there is something rather strange about her new friend and her fatherI was curious to find out where the story was going and what exactly was happening Further into the novel it became violent with a fight an attempted rape and murder Use of the F word also became prevalent My interest started to wane as the book got stranger Yet I couldn’t uite put it aside either as I still wanted to see how it turned out So I kept going despite this not really being my kind of read There will probably be plenty of people out there who will enjoy this novel Though I enjoyed certain aspects at the end I was left feeling unsettled and edgy almost wishing I had never started the book at all Others may react differently though It will really depend on personal reading taste

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In the tradition of Neil Gaiman and Iain Banks Simon Sylvester brings an ancient myth to life with this lush atmospheric coming of age taleNobody comes to the remote Scottish island of Bancree and seventeen year old Flora can't wait to move to the mainland when she finishes school So when a mysterious man and his daughter move into isolated Dog Co. there's a sustained haunting uality underlying this novel with a white noise hum that kinda shivers underneath your skin even after you've finished reading it's a scottish coming of age gothic novel with both fantasy and mystery elements which i know sounds like someone getting a little too greedy at the plot store but i'm telling you it works part of it is the setting you give me a sparsely populated non tropical island story with a teenage girl yearning for life than the geographical isolation and technological fickleness that makes up her world and you got poignant covered you add mysterious disappearances and dark mythology and the spookiness is stirred in and there's not much i like than poignant spookiness here we have flora seventeen and restless she lives on the scottish island of bancree with her mother her stepfather ronny and their baby jamie where the tapwater runs thick with peat and flora has to take a ferry to the mainland each morning to attend school her boyfriend richard; whom she has known her whole life is a year older has just left scotland for university in bristol and has promptly broken up with her since richard was one of the few teenagers who lived on bancree and all of her school friends were made up of his older and now departed crowd flora is completely alone entering her final year of high schoolshe's not angry about the breakup but she is angry that richard is living the life she wants so badly for her own new people new experiences and all the glamorous mistakes of young adulthood My anger wasn't for Richard That was only a fleeting thing a distraction And it wasn't even anger It was jealousyGoing out with him was an escape my route to freedom a cord that connected me to the world outside Richard had cut that cord and I felt robbed and hollow the cavern of my stomach writhing with tiny wormy things Frustration envy sadness It should have been me who'd escaped into a new life drinking in bars and meeting new people It should have been me doing the breaking up The dumpingbut flora soon has plenty of distractions of her own she is assigned a research paper on the history of the selkie myth several bancree men go missing including a close friend of ronny's and she meets ailsa a girl of her own ago who has just moved with her father to dog rock a location even remote and foreboding than bancree the two girls develop a fierce bond despite the air of grief and mystery that surrounds ailsa and her father and the lines between reality and fantasy blur as the tension surrounding the missing persons cases escalates and the very future of the island is uncertainthere are a lot of strengths to this novel the descriptions of the sea the island the weather the wind they're fantastic and they make for a clear well defined setting as interesting as any of the characters the coming of age elements are also superb flora's desire to start her adult life is palpable and her frustration and future dreams are effective and moving because they live inside such an articulate intelligent and capable girl not just some wistful dreamersylvester writes flora's family dynamic very successfully in all its delicacy flora's is a loving family but she feels the teenager's sense of being in the way; that there's no place for her in her mother and ronnie's new family with jamie the fact that the house is so small that flora's leaving will actually improve their living conditions is something flora acknowledges as a practical reality and not a personal slight but as much as she wants to leave there are always conflicting emotions wound around major life changes and sylvester does an excellent job of layering them all in and still maintaining some of that melodramatic adolescent angst Crossing to the Co op I strolled the harbour edge weaving between the mooring posts looking down into the water It was tinged turuoise and astoundingly clear Clusters of weed hung russet in the wash Tiny fish flickered around a hanging hawser long forgotten and now without a purpose thick with barnacles and slime For those little fish that hawser was a universe I knew how they felt My shoes scuffed on the old stone blocks that edged the harbourflora's research into the selkie myths is also a strong component to the story and there are several great discussions about the nature of storytelling and tradition and the origin and development of mythologies over time and the conflict between oral tradition and the written word most of these occur between flora and izzy who lives on the beach and is a sennachie or professional storyteller 'Write up the bones of it if you must Get the basics of it for your homework But don't write the whole thing like I told it you ''Why not' I said confusedHe huffed a bit'Look' he said 'this might sound daft to you lass But my stories are about the telling and the hearing not the writing and the reading They're all for talking out loud They're about this and that and this' he said pointing haplessly at the sky and the sea and the cracking fire 'If you write them down they'll lose some of the magic''I don't get it''It's like this If you put a bear in a cage what do you have''A bear''No All you have is a cage'the disappearances although technically the most dramatic aspects of the book are actually pretty much just backdrop there are definitely repercussions and they have importance to the story but the center of this stage is reserved for atmosphere and setting; it's immersive chilly filled with tea and jumpers and flora shines as a character in her growing awareness of the world around her her inner landscape and her her resistance to letting go of wonder 'What's wrong What can't you handle''I'm not sure Miss It's just sodark It's all so negative''The selkie stories''No They're just daft It's history itself Miss'She smiled blandly and shook her head'I don't follow''There's no mystery' I said blurting it out 'There's no magic'She traces her fingers over the front sheet'I heard the stories' I said 'and I was hooked They were really exciting I was hooked Miss I wanted to know And now I've analysed them and contrasted them and explored them and explained them and now the magic's gone Miss'Frowning she thumbed through the report'It's hollow' I said 'It's all so empty'Fragments of words echoed on the whiteboard Nothing survived entire'That's all part of growing up Flora You know that don't you You must know that It all goes in the end''I'm not sure' I managed thickly 'that I want that for myself'it's just sheer loveliness it's sensual occasionally erotic and a wonderful wonderful fantasy story i will definitely be looking out for by this author even if it's just about flora and ailsa selkies optionalcome to my blog

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FREE READ ê The Visitors ↠ ☉ [PDF / Epub] ☆ The Visitors By Simon Sylvester ❤ – In the tradition of Neil Gaiman and Iain Banks Simon Sylvester brings an ancient myth to life with this lush atmospheric coming of age taleNobody comes to the remote Scottish island of Bancree and sev In the tradition of Neil GaimaThough it seems impossible She asks local residents for anything they know about selkies the mythical women who can turn from seal to human and back againConvinced of her new neighbors' innocence Flo is fiercely determined to protect her friend Ailsa Can the answer to the disappearances and to the pull of her own heart lie out there beyond the wav. I bought this mistakenly thinking it was on the Booker shortlist It was actually on the Guardian's Not the Booker shortlist voted for by readers I now have a much higher opinion of Guardian readers than Booker judgesThe narrator is a teenage girl and I wondered if I'd picked up a book for adolescents Although it could very well be read by a teenage audience it is eually suitable for adults It weaves a mystery over a serial killer with Scottish folklore about selkiesI enjoyed most of the book well enough It certainly keeps you reading But the last part of the book is where it really comes into its own It's exciting emotional and beautiful And not the story I was expecting from the blurb