Tuesday, March 20, 2018
A Guide For Murdered Children
The book -is- full of unpleasantness and rape, abuse, murder (of children and others). It's ostensibly a revenge book, which would normally work for me, but in this case it's muddled and confused and I couldn't follow a lot of what was going on, and the bits I understood clearly didn't move me much. There was a huge *squick* factor for me because the kids were 'rooming' with adults who were acting like adults... if I had a child sharing my mind/body, I would be hyper aware of doing adult things with them present...
As others have stated, this is a polarizing book. Readers seem to love it or hate it. I really believe the author has prodigious creativity and talent. There is huge potential here. With a gifted/committed editor this novel could be mind-blowing.
I could definitely see this book becoming a phenomenon and I feel like I probably wasn't cool enough to 'get it'. (I admit, I've had problems with other books that my bookish friends *gasp* and swoon over). Definitely difficult themes and a difficult narrative.
Title: A Guide for Murdered Children
Author: Sarah Sparrow
Publisher: Penguin - Blue Rider Press
Publication: 20 March, 2018
500pages, Hardcover and ebook format
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher.