on 20 June 2007
This is a really brilliant read - there's a strong story with a mystery that gradually unfolds, and a strong vein of satire. But the best thing about it is its tone, which is cool, contemporary, comic and touching all at once. Nigel Richardson creates really memorable characters, and this is a book that will stay with you long after you have read it.
THE WRONG HANDS is a thought provoking novel written by Nigel Richardson. Mr. Richardson introduces the reader to fourteen-year-old Graham Sinclair. Like most people, Graham has a secret. His secret involves his hands.
Graham was born with large hands. It wasn't until he was seven that Graham realized how special his hands were. On a family vacation, as he accidentally starts to slide down the side of a cliff, he puts his hands out, and suddenly he's floating in the air. Graham can fly!!
His mother tells him to never tell anyone his secret, not even his father. When Graham was twelve, he made the mistake of telling a classmate. His secret was too much for her to handle, so she creates a lie that follows Graham ever after. His new nickname is now Perv, and the community thinks he's the stalker that's been reported in the woods.
Once summer vacation comes around, his parents send him to London to spend time with his Uncle George. On a fateful day, Graham witnesses a plane crash in the city. In the rubble of a hit building, he hears a crying baby. Without thinking about it, he flies up to the baby to rescue him. Little does he know that a lady has seen everything he has done. At that point, Graham's life gets even more complicated. Pursued by a persistent lady journalist, everything that Graham says and does gets twisted and distorted.
Mr. Richardson lets the reader glimpse Graham's thoughts and the tragic spiraling of misunderstanding that follows him wherever he goes. In London, Graham finally feels like he's normal, even with his deformed hands. But even in London, he can't escape what happens when society attacks those that are different from the norm. Mr. Richardson makes the reader decide which side of the fence they are on with Graham. THE WRONG HANDS is a reminder that what we see in the news isn't always the truth.
Reviewed by: Jaglvr
on 31 August 2005
Dire and disappointing book. A friend who has also read it summed it up nicely 'A poor idea competently executed'. At times you can almost feel the author peering over your shoulder as you're reading, willing you to towards the revelation that you've discovered another Haddon or Pullman - but, unfortunately, he's not in the same league - and it shows. The story hangs on a single, improbable, central premise but reaches no clear conclusion, leaving the reader confused and disoriented at the end. A dud.