Adolygiad: 'The White Trail'

The White Trail by Fflur Dafydd - review by Anna Scott
The Guardian
Tuesday 11 October 2011

When his heavily pregnant wife Goleuddydd vanishes in the midst of a busy supermarket, Cilydd's personal tragedy generates a media feeding frenzy and becomes "TV gold".

It's sensational stuff, and when Goleuddydd's body is found cut open in a pigsty accompanied by the sinister exhortation "Don't re-marry" written in blood, the mystery deepens.

Entrusting his cousin Arthur, a singularly unsuccessful private eye, with the task of tracking down his missing baby son, Cilydd is caught up in a series of unusual events, culminating in a mission to rescue a beautiful girl who leaves trails of white flowers in her wake.

Dafydd seamlessly amalgamates the extraordinary into the everyday in her reworking of "Culhwch and Olwen", a tale from the Mabinogion. Although the central love affair is insubstantial and tinctured with the surreality of myth, Cilydd is convincingly real.

A "prisoner in his own life", he comes to appreciate that his feelings of grief, guilt and desire render his existence more fulfilling.