Thursday, 16 November 2017

Helen Dunmore's YOUR BLUE-EYED BOY

Helen Dunmore's 1998 relationship noir is about hidden thoughts behind family interactions, set in an extraordinary seascape. You can feel the pebble beaches and see the films of haze and light overlap, while the tides tell the time. It's a novel you keep plucking at - one more chapter - and it's trance-like, like the days when you've had no sleep and feel dopy and detached - slow and trapped. The people are ordinary, irritating, frightened and yearning. Some of them mean well.