I got this as a Goodreads freebie and, when I read the blurb my first reaction was, ‘Eww!’ There are two reasons for this. First, it’s in the ‘family’ genre and I usually avoid this because nothing could beat ‘Little Women’. Second, Oh God: the punctuation is terrible! ‘Her mother is too sad to take care of them, she left her happiness in the hospital……’ Full stop in the middle, please, not comma! Oh, there’s a third: ‘For anyone who loved “When God was a Rabbit.”’ Not me, then. I read it, though.
This is the first novel of a successful short story writer and it was a little like an extended short story but never boring. The style is quirky: I liked that. There’s a dark edge to the story: I liked that, too. This is a family that has suffered more than is humanly acceptable but possibly someone is coming to the rescue – or is he coming to make things worse? The sense of place is remarkably good.
I recommend it to other writers as a masterclass in writing style and ‘show don’t tell.’