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2000s: Who do you believe?
2000s: Who do you believe?
In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura witnesses a brutal attack.
She and her boyfriend Kit call the police, and in that moment, it is not only the victim’s life that is changed forever.
Fifteen years on, Laura and Kit live in fear.
And while Laura knows she was right to speak out, the events that follow have taught her that you can never see the whole picture: something – and someone – is always in the dark…
Set during a solar eclipse at a festival at Lizard Point Cornwall in 1999, this is the story of a festival gone bad, of something happening in the faint and eerie light that will have repercussions years later. There are many theories and legends of things that can happen when the nightsky arrives in the middle of the day but this is no fantasy and the truth of the matter is a lot scarier than any fantasy tale.
The eclipse forms the focus of the setting and is the crux of the story – A total eclipse of the sun we are told has several stages – first the moon shadow dancees ove the sun’s disc until it slows moves across and blocks out the light entirely. Then it drifts away..The light can blind you if you look at it and even if you look away, the after effects can be confusing and jarring to the eyes. You can never be sure what you see in such strange light, can you?
The magic of the Solar Eclipse is noted with Stonehenge (where people used to gather and predict eclipses) and the magic of the eclipse as far away as the Faroe Islands
“London is the most light-polluted city in Britain but here in the northern suburbs, you can still see the starts at four o’clock in the morning”
The city where the story starts is in the city where there is “anonymity in bustle”
This is a very memorable book. There’s something very unique about an eclipse and something eerie at the same time. Before I even picked up the book I knew about the setting and so certain expectations and feelings were in my head from the off. They got a lot stronger with Erin Kelly’s descriptions! ooh I can feel a lot of the chill even now and see the eerie light and fleeing shadows.
Like a real life solar eclipse this book is clever as I was never sure of some things and some events. This worked well however as the entire book read like a nuanced read, at times I was blinded, at times I was in the dark. Ah the vagaries of human nature.
I was on that journey and at that festival and have become very interested in social eclipses! Shocking events which take place did darken the tone but it’s the story of the people who were there, unravelling little by little until the truth is revealed.
There’s an ethereal sense to this novel, an horrific night and the aftermath of all this. And just like in a real eclipse you can never be sure what you’ve read or seen or think you know.
rin Kelly you astound me and chill me in equal measure. Beautifully horrifying.
Author/Guide: Erin Kelly Destination: Cornwall, London Departure Time: 2000sBack to Results