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Smart: A mysterious crime, a different detective Hardcover – Unabridged, 5 Jun 2014
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It's painful to see how Kieran is treated, but heart-warming when people realise what he is capable of and how he doesn't hold the prejudices against other people as most of us might do. Smart leaves you with the hope that this realisation will extend beyond Kieran and will soon become a part of everyday life (transatlanticbibliophilia.blogspot.co.uk)
Altogether this is an amazing, enthralling and enticing debut. (Amadillo Magazine)
This is a book that will make you more aware of others' needs, and to pay attention to life because you never know when you'll have information or skills that can help someone else. (nayusreadingcorner.blogspot.co.uk)
The style of writing is pure genius. (Guardain Peer Review theguardian.com)
For me this book is all about the things that go unsaid. (overflowinglibrary.com)
Kieran is very brave, in fact he is the bravest of everyone in the whole story, even though he is the one with special needs and does not fully understand the way people work. He is also smart -he knows how to make use of his talents, he knows when something is wrong and he tells the right people. Good always overcomes evil. (scribblesbookreviews.blogspot.co.uk)
Kim was a guest on the Wondrous Reads blog on Friday, talking about the influence of Art on Smart. It was a very interesting article, touching on Lowry and how his art reflected the changes in his life and well worth a read! (wondrousreads.com)
Smart is a fearless debut from Kim Slater that is written with great care and beauty. There are also a lot of tough topics covered with great sensitivity. Smart is funny, chilling, moving, emotional and also hard to read at times because of Kieran's suffering. (fictionfascination.blogspot.co.uk)
I think fans of thoughtful contemporaries will be really impressed by this debut. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more from Kim Slater! (thebookbag.co.uk)
I enjoyed reading this book and have already started to bug people I know to read it. (rachelsweirdness.blogspot.co.uk)
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The mystery at the centre of it is intriguing enough to keep the reader guessing, yet I became equally interested in the mystery behind Keiron's family. There were lots of strands to this story and they were weaved together seamlessly.
The ending was exactly what I wanted from this beautiful and moving book and I look forward to reading more from this very talented author. I read the whole book in two nights and couldn't put it down.
It's a little like the curious incident, but the central character is more with it and engaging. Well written though a number of simple errors have slipped through. But it doesn't interrupt the flow. Characters are well written and the plot develops well.
In fact, it's not that easy so I shant be dabbling in this genre any time soon.
Good luck with the next one Kim.
The story is written in a pacy style, which, as well as keeping the reader's interest, means that it would, I'm sure, be a great "read aloud'.
I loved it from start to finish!
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