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Theo: A Novella
on 24 December 2012
This is the first time I've read anything by this author and I was impressed. John Elliott is vicar of the church of St Joseph somewhere in the North East of England. He has a small and apparently unchanging congregation and nothing he does seems to increase the numbers and he does not altogether believe he has a vocation. Then he meets an unusual small boy - the Theo of the title - and his life starts to unravel before his eyes.
I found this short read somewhat sinister but I found I had to keep reading to find out what happened. There is a lot which is unexplained and left to the reader's imagination which intensifies the strange atmosphere. I am not keen on anything written in the present tense which is why I have not given it five stars but apart from that I thought the novella well written. It has interesting themes of madness, death and redemption and it left me wondering what would happen to John Elliot and his wife Christine after the end of the story.
This novella comes with the first three chapters of the author's latest book - Light Shining in the Forest - which features some of the characters from Theo: A Novella. I think I shall be reading that at some point as I enjoyed this novella.