Margaret Meek

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The grainy texture of the narrative and the evocation of doom (in the sense of judgement) are excellently done [in The Third Eye].

The action takes place in 1932 when Jinty is made to recall a series of events leading to the death of the earl, in whose hands lies the fate of his retainers…. Despite the author's skill in keeping the resolution of the puzzle right to the end, the way in which Jinty unravels the threads of her awareness is too predictable, too circumstantial. In short scenes, mother and daughter encounters, the book has power, but the fatal spell cast by the rich and authoritative detracts from the real heart of the matter, the simpler but more convincing annals of the poor.

Margaret Meek, "Eleven to Fifteen: 'The Third Eye'," in The School Librarian, Vol. 27, No. 3, September, 1979, p. 273.

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