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This is a marvellous debut novel. Sam Marsdyke is a deeply troubled young man. He is mistrusted by his parents and an outsider in a close knit Yorkshire farming community. He spends his time wandering the moorland landscape, playing tricks on people and performing acts of cruelty like a malevolent pixie. His actions are spiteful and petty but there is an sense that he may have been mistreated in the past. The tale takes an even darker turn when he meets a young girl and they form an unlikely friendship.
This story conveys a sense of impending doom which kept me hooked throughout. I thought the ending was clever and original and totally in keeping with the intelligent nature of the tale.
The story is written from the perspective of the main character and is in the Yorkshire dialect. Although the words are different, their meaning is perfectly clear, and enables the narrator gives an authentic voice to Sam's character. The pace of the narrative was perfect, with not a wasted word. This for me is was a 100% 5 star listening experience.
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