“Your Blue-Eyed Boy,” by Helen Dunmore

Novel, 1998

Hugely atmospheric and quite an unsettling book, with a protagonist and her family working through changes to their lives and situations and relocating from London to a marshy place on the coast. The arrival of a face from the past pushes numerous psychological buttons along the way, with the world built up by the first person narrator being chipped away. There’s unease and physical danger at pretty much every turn, with the story and plot being pushed and strained, and the reader taken on quite a torrid ride. Some great description, ambiguities and tension.

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