5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Original, Powerful, Unforgettable,
This review is from: The Land of Decoration (Kindle Edition)
I could NOT put this book down. I found it original in its idea and extremely well executed. The short chapters kept the reader's interest and the subject matter was powerful, entrenched in the real world and compelling. The fact that this was narrated by a ten year old girl made it even more so.
For the first time in my life, I found myself liking a Richard and Judy recommendation. Grace McCleen gave voice to Judith McPherson in such a way that I could see her standing before me. McCleen captured the naiivity and unworldliness of a child brought up in a strict religious home perfectly. She dealt brilliantly with the subject of bullying and perfectly encapsulated life in a working-class town.
Every character came to life for me, every description of the town placed me right there. The slow unwinding of Mr McPherson was so well done that it left me breathless.
If this is a debut novel, keep writing Ms McCleen. A breath of fresh air in a world increasingly filled with bad novels. I'm off to find more!!