Top positive review
2 people found this helpful
" - and don't have any kids yourself"
on 24 April 2011
Philip Larkin famously described the adverse affect parents can have on a child; but omitted to mention that siblings can be even worse. The ones in this book being a case in point. Poor little Tom aged four, if left at the mercy of his adolescent (and how...) older brother Jack and sisters Julie and Sue, when they are orphaned by inadequate parents. Events unfold during a summer heat wave, horrific events that seem to take on a ghastly momentum of their own, which glues your eyes to the page and makes you wonder at the same time what kind of a mind could think up such mesmerising, skin-crawling grossness.