The eerie, gripping tale of three children who set out to expose the evil lurking in their quiet seaside town, with devastating consequences.
What gave me a sudden shiver was the notion that there were two of me. The little sister me, who was good and mostly kind; the girl Alice and Dottie knew. And then there was this other me, the one lurking inside me, eager for danger and risk, for something that could be as wild as the sea was in winter. For Natalie.'
Nothing ever seems to happen in the quiet, respectable seaside town of Norton. The war is over, and everyone’s thrilled to be living peacefully – everyone but thirteen-year-old Lizzie, who’s so bored she feels like she could scream. Until wild, dangerous, break-all-the-rules Natalie arrives. Lizzie is drawn irresistibly to the exciting new girl from the wrong side of the tracks, and as the girls grow closer over the summer, Lizzie discover a new side to the town – and to herself – that she had never imagined before.
Natalie and her young brother, Philip, let Lizzie in on a secret. Despite what everyone thinks, the danger of war is still hanging over them. Philip has a ‘second sight’, and all around him he sees evil: apparently innocent people, hiding in the quiet town until the time is right for revenge. Natalie and Philip call them ‘Left-Over Nazis’. It’s up to them to root these people out and force them out of Norton. Lizzie is swept up in what begins as an exciting game, but as the children begin to target their neighbours, the consequences of Philip’s ‘gift’ spiral quickly out of control.
A chilling, powerful tale that will linger with you long after the final page, 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”