The eerie, gripping tale of three children who set out to expose the evil lurking in their quiet seaside town, with devastating consequences.
The second world war is over in the quiet town of Norton. When wild, dangerous, break-all-the-rules Natalie arrives, thirteen-year-old Lizzie is drawn irresistibly to the new girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Desperate for Natalie’s friendship and respect, Lizzie soon discovers a side of the town – and of herself – that she had never imagined.
As the girls grow closer, Natalie and her strange, eerie brother, Philip, reveal a shocking secret. For Philip has a second sight, and all around them he sees evil - ‘left-over Nazis’ lying in wait until the time is right for revenge. Natalie and Philip believe it’s up to them to root these people out of Norton.
Lizzie is swept up in what starts as a thrilling game - but the consequences of Philip’s ‘gift’ quickly spiral into disaster.
A chilling, powerful tale from Whitbread Award-winner Diana Hendry.
“This novel is a powerful return, after a 10-year gap, for Whitbread-winning Hendry . . . With a surprising denouement, this is an intriguing, atmospheric and memorable tale”
Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times
“A dark and memorable novel . . . This wise and unsettling tale will captivate discerning readers of any age. The book builds to a dark, destructive ending, but what you remember are the memorable, finely drawn and vivid characters - and the fractured time in which they are growing up”
“This thoughtful, rather lyrical story resonates with topical and timeless references”
Independent on Sunday
“The pacing is perfect, with highly dramatic moments broken up by some gorgeous prose . . . One of the most dramatic and shocking endings I've ever read in a novel . . . definitely my favourite read of 2012 so far”
Writing From The Tub
“An intense, eerie tale”
Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
“A very moving story . . . there is a tragic event at the heart of this book which, despite being signposted in the prologue, is still shocking when revealed to the reader”
Clare Poole, The Bookseller
“A gripping and evocative story”
Vanessa Lewis, The Bookseller
“A short, tight novel about a dangerous friendship that spirals out of control. Hendry grabs hold of the reader in the first few pages and does not let go . . . The Seeing is a powerful novel packed with suspense and atmosphere . . . A stand-out, thrilling read”
South China Post
“Poet Diana Hendry's memorable novel of children in a postwar seaside resort who are out to track down 'Left-Over Nazis', a game with devastating results”