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Ttage 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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The VisitorsThough 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. When I was offered the chance to review this book I was immediately intrigued The cover is absolutely stunning and would definitely capture your eye in a bookshop With eye captured you then read the blurb and are drawn in even I know some people don't like blurbs or even to be told a little bit about the plot but it's very rare that I go into a book blind I have to at least have some idea about the book before reading it A book such as this probably wouldn't be my usual read but I'm all about taking a chance and it is absolutely worth it when it pays offWhat we have here is one of the most original breathtaking and atmospheric novels that I've read in a while I keep repeating myself with each book but I honestly have been extremely privileged to read some excellent books this year and we've only just hit August The island of Bancree is as creepy as it sounds I certainly wouldn't want to move there and if I'd been brought up there I would be looking to make my escape as soon as possible Someone who does live there and is planning to leave is Flora Flo but then a mysterious man and his daughter move to the island Flo is drawn to the daughter as there's something not uite right about her Add into the mix the fact that residents of the island are disappearing and our story really gets goingFlo despite being a teenage girl wasn't hard to connect with and relate to especially as growing up a lot of my friends were female There are crime fiction elements to the story concerning the missing residents but it's so much than that Crime for me usually just comes in the form of your bog standard detective novel however this book features stuff I've not read about before and wouldn't ordinarily choose to for example mythology however I actually really enjoyed that aspect of the book despite not expecting to With incredibly drawn characters and a gripping story this is a book you won't want to put downAs said earlier the book is extremely atmospheric If you read this book under the covers by torchlight it would be like you were on the island itself as you forget the world around you It is addictive reading and a read in a couple of sittings book I'll definitely be looking out for from this author in the future especially as this is a debut novel and reads as if written by someone who has been writing books for years Fantastic stuff that I urge people to pick up

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Read & Download The Visitors 104 ´ ➲ The Visitors Read ➺ Author 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 Gaiman and Iain 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. A wonderfully gothicdark tale with elements of mystery thriller and even magic sprinkled throughout the story The synopsis does the book justice yet doesn't at the same time to say any than what was said would be to take some of the magic away from the storyI love myths and legends of Ireland and Scotland there's just something so fascinating about reading these tales Each story is different in its own way many with life lessons and undercurrents of menace and peril Selkies is one I haven't come across much in regular fiction novels and after reading karen's review and the summary this shot to the top of my must get as soon as possiblelist When I finally had the funds to get myself a copy needless to say DIt is a steady paced book unfolding each event in its own way and content to wrap you in the story slowly and lovingly right word The writing reminded me of Susanna Kearsley and Kate Morton very atmospheric and character driven Even the setting itself is a character feeling as alive as the people who inhabit itBancree could almost be a town that time forgot in a way It has the modern conveniences but I was left with the sense that the town was waiting for a lack of a better word Waiting for what exactly not sure People were content in their lives going about their daily businessThere was also a slight air of unease when a certain citizen was around even Bancree itself seemed to disapproveIzzy's stories were a highlight for me dark and sad some of them were but there was still that 'magic' aspect to it that has you thinking about them long afterAilsa and John I loved John was a damaged man trying to keep the pieces together and Ailsa was damaged in her own way as well but going about her life the best she couldWhen something comes to light about a certain someone I was taken aback completely Looking back it makes a morbid sort of sense but at first he was the last person I would have suspected Gives me chills thinking about it now how this person spiraled downwards and no one saw it for so longThe way a certain part ended broke my heart but it was beautifully handled Mr Sylvester my hat off to youThe last couple paragraphs in the book not to overuse a word but simply beautiful and poignant I had to read them than onceIt is to the power of the writing that had me believing in the magical aspect of the story while not uite believing it as well if that makes sense There was one moment too where it seemed it almost could have gone that wayWon't say as I might accidentally spoil something It won't be for everyone but I do believe this should be given a try