Laura Rigg has blistering contempt and bristling hostility and sees it as her moral duty to bully. The very world weary Lis has an ugly altercation with Laura but tries to take comfort with her new friends. However more is going on in Hollow Pike than teen drama, bullying and cultural homogeneity. There are dark stories from the past, odd events, portent and prophecy and generically evil types lurking in unexpected places.
This is a deeply eighties novel despite being published in 2012. Still it causes infectious delight. Is Hollow Pike operating under a giant delusion? Are variously appalling people telling the truth? Or does deceptive chumminess hide evil, social exclusion and alarmist rhetoric? I enjoyed this.
“He looked pretty bloody dead.”
But he likes his ersatz misery. Then a serial killer starts roaming the Budayeen and Marid has to do something about it. Shame he is a total dud as a human being and is lacking all humanity and goodwill. He is indifferent to how staggeringly offensive he is and how fragile his superficially freewheeling existence is.
Marid is full of arrogant contentment and has cruised through life without ever imaging the consequences. But as the doom-struck victims pile up, his venal defiance and subtle complicity with the loathsome Budayeen and its knee-jerk cruelty leads to an incredibly disturbing, deeply troubling outcome for the thuggish cynic/fearless idiot. This is a good tale of pseudo-gloom and people who don’t so much live as exist.
“It wasn’t a likable personality at all.”
“How much the months fly when you take a lot of drugs.”
“A Eur-Am myth.”
“You didn’t dare trust him as far as he could run with a camel on his back.”
“I’ve seen handfuls of sand with more conscience than you.”
“Orange juice squeezed fresh by Portuguese refugees in a distant grove on Welsh land where sheep had once grazed.”
“Those Neolithic teeth.”
“He’d developed a good eye for contrived bids for sympathy and remorse.”
“An indication of what the man knew was coming for him.”