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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and touching, 26 May 2008
This review is from: What the Birds See (Hardcover)
Having just finished this beautiful poignant novel, I had to remind myself it was aimed at young adults - it succeeds easily as adult fiction. Nine year old Adrian is lonely - rejected by his only friend he befriends the strange new children who have moved nearby. Ironically he is surrounded by the affection of those unable to demonstrate it - his young agrophobic uncle, whose attempts at consoling Adrian are so touching, is too damaged himself to ultimately be of help to the boy; his bad-tempered grandmother's love for the child too often masked. Hartnett makes you care for Adrian, and hope against all the evidence that things will turn out right for him. I couldn't put this book down and am relieved to find there are more by the same author.
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