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Ike finding a featherless bird fallen out of its nest No one had ever bothered much about Desiree but now everyone is interested in her in what she saw in who the parents might be and why they'd dump a baby Even Bernie Capon her older brother's best friend wants to know what she thinks As years. This is a beautiful book Literally The cover is a triumph Inside the words are eually elegant as we learn about life in rural Suffolk in the 1980s But this is not a romantic view of cosy cottages this is a tale with death and poverty and mental illness and deceit Beware the book has a high body count It also includes subjects such as nuclear power the use of pesticides on the land class conflict sibling rivalry all handled in a subtle and compelling way We are taken into the world of a young girl who has discovered a dead baby in one of the fields The mystery of who was the mother is the thread through the narrative but the plot encompasses much Once I had settled into the contemplative pace of the book the world set out before me was so clear so entwined that I couldn t stop reading A great literary thriller which deserves to do well

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Desiree White was walking through the fields of winter wheat and oilseed rape when she saw itShe picked the newspaper bundle out of the ditch and took it to the phone boxAcross the baby's tiny body she could see a faint tattoo of Lady Di's face where some of the newsprint had rubbed off It was l. Seldom Seen is a mix if genres part crime fiction part coming of age story part magical realism and also a glimpse into the realities of rural lifeFor anyone wanting a fast paced edge of your seat thriller Seldom Seen is not for you the story develops slowly and in small bits that seem disconnected and to do with the inhabitants of Desiree s rural community than the death of a baby Yet persevere as these separate stories all become linked later onIt is a slow but engaging mystery but it s the characters that are the winning aspect of the book especially Desiree Only 14 when she discovers the baby Desiree is suspended between childhood and adulthood yet is different to the average teenager portrayed in books Her telling of the story switches from matter of fact bluntness especially when describing the horrifying aspects of the story to her endless imagination such as visualising her hopes for a relationship as a shadowed house that is dragged behind the carAll the characters are well drawn and fascinating in that they are seemingly average everyday people in a small village yet Ridgard draws out the hidden layers both sweet and sourThis is especially apparent in Desiree s family and her somewhat fraught relationship with her mother who is desperate for new adventures but terrified to leave the house In fact the secondary mystery in the novel is that of what happened between Desiree and her mother and often one I was interested in than the one of Peewit This is the name that Desiree gives the baby which haunts her and causes her to look into the mystery furtherShe came over and lay next to me in the church today I stopped off on the way home from work and as soon as I sat beneath the picture window I felt her come over to me She s like a lone peewit always landing close by when there s bad weather on the way yet of it heading in my directionThis slightly mystical feel contrasts with the bleak reality which is characterised in the countryside surrounding Desiree This book peels back the layer of chocolate box houses and fields full of fluffy sheep that most people associated with the countryside and instead is full of mud stretching on forever mixi rabbits round every corner and the claustrophobia of living in a village where everyone knows everyone else s businessI live in a small village myself so this is something I can identify with and its refreshing that a writer portrays a realistic view of countryside livingOne of the few gripes I had with this book wasn t so much a problem to me but might be to others who don t know the area Ridgard references a lot of places in the Framlingham area without giving much of a description of what they are Such as calling Framlingham Fram and not describing what it is similarly she mentions discusses Dunwich which is well known throughout Suffolk as the village that eroded into the sea but this wouldn t be widely known elsewhere All she needed was a line of explanation in some placesThat was really my only issue with Seldom Seen and that it could have progressed a little faster But I also think that in a way these things almost work for the story the pace reflects its setting slow country life full of community knowledge that seems vital to those who live there but has little meaning to anyone else Desiree s world is very small and so is the story yet it is also understandable to readers wherever they re fromMy Rating 4 out of 5 stars

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Go by and everyone else moves on with their lives Desiree feels stuck unable to forget what she saw that day Somehow she owes it to the baby to solve the mystery But when she starts to make connections which bring the truth dangerously close to home it seems that some secrets are best left alone. It s late at night and I have just finished this book after starting this morning It reminded me of Twin Peaks in many ways with its small town carry ons and ghostly undertones I loved the main character she showed beautifully how still rivers can run deep The depth with which the whole community was drawn is breath taking A beautiful and compelling read Totally recommend


10 thoughts on “Seldom Seen

  1. says:

    Seldom Seen is a mix if genres; part crime fiction part coming of age story part magical realism and also a glimpse into the realities of rural lifeFor anyone wanting a fast paced edge of your seat thriller Seldom Seen is not for you; the story develops slowly and in small bits that seem disconnected and to do with the inhabitants of Desir

  2. says:

    I enjoyed this book because if felt like a fresh voice and fresh subject matter Gothic horror set in the country 14 year o

  3. says:

    710I think I really connected with this book because it's set in rural rural RURAL Enligh sountryside and so am I I loved th

  4. says:

    This is a beautiful book Literally The cover is a triumph Inside the words are eually elegant as we learn about life in rural Suffolk

  5. says:

    Loved this book a real evocation of Suffolk

  6. says:

    Seldom Seen is set in a small Suffolk village and follows Desiree Smith and her family during the summer of the royal wedding in 1981 and also six years later when Desiree is a young woman of 21 It begins with a pi

  7. says:

    Seldom Seen is a little gem of a book set in rural Suffolk with a brief visit to Norfolk in the 1980s not far in time and place from where I was growing up just over the border in Essex so the book felt very familiar to me It tells the story of Desiree White an awkward teenager who hides in ditches and knows lots of secrets about her commu

  8. says:

    I think I read this novel too slowly so it fell a bit short of the pacing it deserved A nice sense of build up th

  9. says:

    It's late at night and I have just finished this book after starting this morning It reminded me of Twin Peaks in many ways with its small town carry ons and ghostly undertones I loved the main character she showed beautifully how sti

  10. says:

    The woodcut style cover drew me to this book but what kept me reading was the story that was gradually revealed I particularly liked the lore of the field names and the way that the author obviously knew her setting inside out

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