The Seeing by Diana Hendry

I was so disappointed by this book. The blurb sounded fascinating, but the premise of Philip seeing left over Nazi’s seemed quite pointless as I read the book. His ‘gift’ seems to be nothing more than a strange little boy having strange dreams and his incredibly damaged sister, Natalie, manipulating him, and then Lizzie, into believing that they are ridding the world of these evil people who have been left over from the war. The novel just doesn’t seem to fit together right.

For most of the novel Natalie comes across as a crazy little brat, then suddenly BOOM! the ending becomes very deep and retrospective, with Lizzie realising that Philip’s ‘seeing’ was more of a metaphor for seeing the world around you and the problems that people could face, including how damaged Natalie was, rather than just Lizzie’s assumption of her being wild and fun.

The character of Natalie really disappointed me, she was written all wrong. I don’t know if it had something to do with it being written from Lizzie’s perspective but this book was just didn’t do it for me. Don’t get me wrong, I did like some parts of it, especially Hugo’s character and the letters he wrote to his sister, but apart from that this book just didn’t work for me; the ending, however, was fantastic, it was eloquent and haunting and beautiful – but this just highlighted how much the rest of the book didn’t fit together. It could’ve been so much more than it was.

Read: December 10th-12th 2012

2/5 stars

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