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Not one for the children
on 24 March 2017
This has been on my to-read list for a while now, so I thought I should finally get around to reading it.
The cover of this book hints at what is going to be inside. With soft watercolours, a tiny girl stands beside the hand of a corpse. This confirms that this tale is not for younger readers, unless you are prepared for the nightmares that may ensue!
The story is quite unlike anything that I have read before, in the sense that it truly does creep up on you. There are suggestions throughout the tale of just where this is going, but these are subtle. The artwork, which is really quite beautiful, has the effect of drawing you into the tiny world that the characters inhabit. And, what a strange world it is. But what seems to be the 'moral' to this tale is that kindness can come before great evil, perhaps even that kindness often goes on without any true recognition, or reward. So, whilst you may think this is some kind of graphic fairy tale, you realise that this is not a tale to share with children.
3 and a half stars.