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On the Edge of Wild Water

Wordcatcher Publishing

9781912056750

£8.99

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In the glass, reflected light reared like a burning ship. Whispered words, with the urgency of intercession, opened a laceration in her brain. On the livid tissues behind were drawn the cramped dimensions of a dark, musty room

In extremis, the future will feed on the past

Bethan is in the grip of a serious eating disorder. Taken to her late grandmothers cottage in West Wales in a last-ditch attempt to tackle her illness, there she is beset by unsettling visions. History and place exert a powerful hold on her fragile sense of self. 

Driven on by the revelations of a Victorian ministers journal, her vivid psychic connection with a troubled boy and the ambivalent, enigmatic sway of the visitant Lydia, Bethan is plunged into a one hundred and sixty year-old tragedy as the material world and the voices of the dead collide.

The force of a past not yet assuaged is unleashed, compelling Bethan and her parents to confront a seemingly unstoppable catastrophe of their own.

Customer Reviews (16)

13/09/19

Adrian Gilpin from Amazon. An utterly compelling read. This is a gloriously clever and thrilling book. The author cuts through spacetime, leaving not just his readers but his characters in an unsettling universe of overlapping realities. I could not put this book down. In part, the tone of the narrative is absolutely "normal" and grittily unforgiving in its observations of family dynamics and psychology. In part, the narrative is spooky and haunting - creepily raising the hairs on the neck as time falls away causing history to inhabit the here and now. The storytelling is compelling, the wordsmithery a joy.
23/08/19

Adrian Gilpin - Amazon. An utterly compelling read. This is a gloriously clever and thrilling book. The author cuts through spacetime, leaving not just his readers but his characters in an unsettling universe of overlapping realities. I could not put this book down. In part, the tone of the narrative is absolutely "normal" and grittily unforgiving in its observations of family dynamics and psychology. In part, the narrative is spooky and haunting - creepily raising the hairs on the neck as time falls away causing history to inhabit the here and now. The storytelling is compelling, the wordsmithery a joy.
18/07/19

Ms D from Amazon. This is a gripping and evocative read with its roots firmly tethered in rural Wales. The strong storyline is peopled with vivid characters that weave between past and present in an atmosphere of brooding suspense. Teenage Bethan is taken to a remote Welsh cottage to help combat anorexia but history and long dead lives begin to seep through into the present. In this place, the past can’t let go. If you enjoy a good story tinged with the supernatural I’d highly recommend this book.
18/07/19

Ada from Amazon. A compelling read. I very quickly became immersed in the different worlds that Bethan was inhabiting (or enduring) and the writer's skill with events and timings meant that they didn't become confused. I loved the vivid descriptions of the countryside and flora, which brought the area to life and as I was previously unaware of the Rebecca Riots it was good to be enlightened with credible personal narratives of those involved. The dramatic events carry you along, whilst I often paused and reread passages to enjoy the richness of language, and the Welsh phrases - plus translations - enhanced this. I am eagerly looking forward to reading the next book in the Quintet.
18/07/19

Amazon Customer from Amazon. On the sort of cold, grey days we have had recently, there really is nothing else to do but curl up on the sofa and lose yourself in a good book - and this is just the book! Beautifully written, the author is a real master at bringing characters to life, evoking atmosphere and place and creating the tension of two time periods colliding! I really didn't want to put it down and towards the end, as the storm built and the flood water rose, I had to keep reading to find out whether all would be resolved for those who needed closure! This is a first novel not to be missed - I can't wait to read the next one!

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