4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Haunting and moving,
This review is from: Matthew and Sheila (Paperback)
At first I thought this book was one of the many lookalike gritty accounts of Scottish life. It's actually one of the best books I've read for a long time.
The lead character, Matthew, is a boy with a difficult life. His mother is dead and his father has disappeared to South America and never contacts him. Then a charismatic, manipulative girl, Sheila, begins to torment him with her disturbing stories of having committed murder. Is she troubled or truly evil? And when Matthew's father returns with a pregnant new wife, Matthew turns to Sheila for help...
The story ends ambiguously, and we're never sure quite what was really happening. The language is breathtakingly beautiful, and the depiction of Matthew's inner world unusual and interesting. Highly recommended, if a bit morbid.