Lark’s anger is getting out of control. Her mother is ill, her little sister has stopped talking and Lark has fallen out with her best friend. Faced with a family holiday in a caravan park, Lark escapes to explore at the first opportunity. Taking her sister, Snow, with her, the two soon discover a ruined cottage in the woods which has an eerie atmosphere. Glimpses of a mysterious girl in a green dress increase Lark’s feelings of unease and when this figure appears in Snow’s drawings, Lark fears for her sister’s safety.
Eerie and atmospheric, ‘Seaglass’ is a chilling ghost story which will grip the reader from the outset. As the tension grows, there are some truly spooky moments designed to keep you on the edge of your seat.
The story is enhanced by vivid descriptions of the countryside and seashore. The mood of the plot is frequently echoed in by the weather- the drifting fog hiding mysterious figures, the squall at sea, the snow at the story’s chilling climax- and references to wildlife and Welsh traditions add colour and detail.
Full of strong characters, ‘Seaglass’ is a story about relationships- the complexities of family life, the ups and downs of friendship, the suspicion and prejudice often offered to strangers. Lark is feisty, yet torn by worries for her family, her loneliness and anger constantly simmering beneath the surface.. Mam-gu is a wonderful character- a strong matriarch, yet one who is shown to be vulnerable as her role in the unfolding tale becomes clear. The complexities of family relationships and the ease at which misunderstandings can damage relationships are also explored as the story reaches its emotional conclusion.
‘Seaglass’ is powerful and absorbing, unsettling and moving. Not the thing to read at bedtime!
Seaglass Eloise Williams
Firefly Press ISBN: 978-1910080801