Sunday, January 14, 2018

A Guide For Murdered Children; Sarah Sparrow

Title: A Guide For Murdered Children
Author: Sarah Sparrow
Publisher: Blue Spider Press
Genre: Fiction; Fantasy; Mystery
Published: March 20th 2018

We all say there is no justice in this world. But what if there really was? What if the souls of murdered children were able to return briefly to this world, inhabit adult bodies and wreak ultimate revenge on the monsters who had killed them, stolen their lives?
Such is the unfathomable mystery confronting ex-NYPD detective Willow Wylde, fresh out of rehab and finally able to find a job running a Cold Case squad in suburban Detroit. When the two rookie cops assigned to him take an obsessive interest in a decades old disappearance of a brother and sister, Willow begins to suspect something out of the ordinary is afoot. And when he uncovers a series of church basement AA-type meetings made up of the slain innocents, a new way of looking at life, death, murder and missed opportunities is revealed to him.
Mystical, harrowing and ultimately tremendously moving, A Guide for Murdered Children is a genre-busting, mind-bending twist on the fine line between the ordinary and the extraordinary.


*Thanks to NetGalley and Blue Spider Press for providing me with a copy of this book for a fair and unbiased review*

Hello Fellow Readers,

First off if you are triggered by mentions of rape, child abuse and such DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. With that out of the way I wanted to like this book so bad! The synopsis really reeled me in, along with the title and great cover. I was impressed with the fact that this is a debut novel for Sarah Sparrow. However, the book did not live up to my expectations. 

Willow Wylde, the main character, is your stereotypical cop. He drinks hard, is a bad father and has mental fantasies of raping his neighbor. Not the type of person I want to really connect with in a book. Sparrow's writing at times felt disjointed and I had to reread sentences multiple times to make sure that I read it right. The writing combined with the confusion of characters speech and actions made this an incredibly hard book to read. I had to read the book in one day because I knew if I put it down I probably wouldn't have picked it back up again. 

I was so disappointed with this book. 

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