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An emotional journey of innocence
on 13 July 2015
This is such a touching story about how the murder of a child affects generations of the family left to deal with it, especially when the child has never been found. It is told mainly through the eyes and thoughts of Steven Lamb. Steven aged 12 is quite a neglected little boy who wants to have a normal family. One not filled with sadness, one where he can be loved. He lives with his little brother Davey, mum Lettie and Nan. Steven's uncle Billy went missing when he was only 11, Steven's Nan, Mrs. Peters waited day after day for Billy to come home but this would never happen. She knows he is dead and has been all these years but Steven still sees her watching. Mum Lettie has a string of boyfriends and little time for Steven, Davey has always been her favourite "a sweet little boy how could anyone not love him" . Every day Steven goes out onto Exmoor with a spade and digs hoping one day to find his uncle Billy's remains hoping that this will make his family love him. Sometimes even his friend Lewis helps.
One person knows where his Uncle Billy is buried, the man that murdered him. Steven begins to correspond with the killer Arnold Avery. Writing in code Steven writes a letter as he has been shown how to in school, very polite and ending faithfully S.L.
This is such an extremely well written book, your heart bleeds for this little boy. It still sends shivers up my back when I think of the letters that pass between Steven and Arnold Avery. The end is awesome.
This is a must read.