Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar
Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar
Imagine there is someone you like so much that just thinking about them leaves you desperate and reckless. You crave them in a way that's not rational, not right, and you're becoming somebody you don't recognise, and certainly don't respect, but you don't even care. And this person you like is unattainable. Except for one thing... He lives downstairs.
Abbie has three obsessions. Art. The ocean. And Kane.
But since Kane's been back, he's changed. There's a darkness shadowing him that only Abbie can see. And it wants her in its world.
A gothic story about the very dark things that feed the creative process.
My rating: 3.75 of 5 stars
As with Raw Blue, Eagar fills Night Beach with all these images and leaves me with all these impressions. But take all those away and what we get is a story that’s actually very simple… and yet every single part of it’s drawn out, sometimes, needlessly so. So much so that things took a turn for the odd, but I suppose it was beautiful too (beautifully odd?) Just think of someone tripping because if at first it’s all just a girl with ordinary issues, suddenly there’d be all these visions of shadows and that creepy feeling of not-knowing.
At its core and her (non) connection to Kane. The both of them had me questioning things. Abbie could be frustrating, but that she’s self aware is not untrue. She is an artist. She’s a vision of things that’s different from others. And she’s a surfer. Two of these passions have her setting herself apart from other people.
Despite all that she’s not that extraordinary. She has issues with her parents, a desperate want for a place with them; she’s issues with her father, of needing him back but being unable to do anything about it, and a closeness with her sister, that she’s unwilling to let go. Of course, there are petty jealousies with friends then even bigger things that are sidestepped for a good half of the book. And it’s all that that kept me despite the oddness of a lot of the events especially with what she’d do with Kane on her mind. Her actions went from awkward school girl crush acceptable to just me simply doubting if I was reading what I was reading.
So, if you couple her being at odds with what she wants of her family her WITH what she freely admits to be her obsession , well she’s quite the sad odd ball. It’s the obsessive part that had me questioning if there was more her and if there was more to the object of her obsession.
And why? Kane is precisely what Ollie paints him to be. Simply, he’s not really all she thinks of him. Beyond the physical perfection that she paints him, there something missing… or something changed. And revealing what that change was or what was missing is the other half of the story. It’s that half that’s more dark, and odd and out of this world in a sometimes too strange way.
This was different, I’ll give it that.
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