White Trail by Fflur Dafydd - review by Anna Scott
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
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.
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.
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.
"prisoner in his own life", he comes to appreciate
that his feelings of grief, guilt and desire render
his existence more fulfilling.