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Closed Doors There are no strangers in Rothesay, Michael Everyone knows who you are and always will It s a blessing but it s also a curse Eleven year old Michael Murray is the best at two things keepy uppies and keeping secrets His family think he s too young to hear grown up stuff, but he listens at doors it s the only way to find out anything And Michael s heard a secret, one that might explain the bruises on his mother s face When the whispers at home and on the street become too loud to ignore, Michael begins to wonder if there is an even bigger secret he doesn t know about Scared of what might happen if anyone finds out, and desperate for life to return to normal, Michael sets out to piece together the truth But he also has to prepare for the upcoming talent show, keep an eye out for Dirty Alice, his arch nemesis from down the street, and avoid eating Granny s watery stew Closed Doors is the startling new novel from the acclaimed author of The Death of Bees It is a vivid evocation of the fears and freedoms of childhood in the s and a powerful tale of love, the loss of innocence and the importance of family in difficult times This is my new favourite book At first, I was sceptical of the 11 year old s voice and felt it might get tedious, but the author balances the naivety of the narrator with the seriousness and maturity of the adults dialogue It s an excellent example of writing through a lens, of seeing something from a different though very much authentic perspective A novel filled with endearing characters, all arranged in a very human sized setting, somewhat reminiscent of Scout s world in To Kill a Moc This is my new favourite book At first, I was sceptical of the 11 year old s voice and felt it might get tedious, but the author balances the naivety of the narrator with the seriousness and maturity of the adults dialogue It s an excellent example of writing through a lens, of seeing something from a different though very much authentic perspective A novel filled with endearing characters, all arranged in a very human sized setting, somewhat reminiscent of Scout s world in To Kill a Mockingbird Absolutely brilliant, Lisa O Donnell Last year I read O Donnell s debut novel, review also found at starsI received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher Harper via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review The expected publication date is May 20, 2014.This was a very unique read for me Told through the innocence of an eleven twelve year old boy you experience the horror of the impact of a truly hideous crime In the innocence of the age the reader sees him try to piece together and understand the crime and the impacts review also found at starsI received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher Harper via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review The expected publication date is May 20, 2014.This was a very unique read for me Told through the innocence of an eleven twelve year old boy you experience the horror of the impact of a truly hideous crime In the innocence of the age the reader sees him try to piece together and understand the crime and the impacts it is having on his world.I must admit that I had quite a few giggles when Michael voiced his opinions and thoughts in a way only a child of his age would His love hate relationship with Dirty Alice was one of the high points of story for me.This books tackles a very serious issue and the fallout from it By telling it through the eyes of a child it allows the reader to see how far reaching the impacts can be felt when a life altering event occurs It portrays how there arevictims than just the person who was targeted for a crime I have never read a story from this perspective and I found that I quite enjoyed it.I must admit that there were several times throughout the story that Michael got on my nerves He just didn t seem to get things however I believe this may have been intentional He was eleven after all and most eleven year olds do not see past the things that directly impact them I am also no expert on children so perhaps it may be a low tolerance for me I also found that the narrative always had people screaming yelling or crying I felt there was an overuse of these phrases Again this could have been intentional based on the subject matter of the story.This was a quick and easy read on a serious topic told from a unique perspective I enjoyed it and I am thankful that I was given the opportunity to read it This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Interesting plot in a small, struggling Scottish town, a young woman is raped and badly beating while walking home from work one night, and her shame prevents her from going to the police Thus, the townspeople assume her husband has beat her, she goes through intense depression which worsens when the rapist attacks a teen, and then, a pregnant neighbor As her family is destroyed she struggles with the horror of what she has gone through and what she has put others through.Butthe narrator Interesting plot in a small, struggling Scottish town, a young woman is raped and badly beating while walking home from work one night, and her shame prevents her from going to the police Thus, the townspeople assume her husband has beat her, she goes through intense depression which worsens when the rapist attacks a teen, and then, a pregnant neighbor As her family is destroyed she struggles with the horror of what she has gone through and what she has put others through.Butthe narrator is the 11 year old son of the woman who was raped first While some writers have told a story successfully through a child s voice Room or even a dog s Art of Racing in the Rain , this does not ring true at all I had thought, both from the cover and from the immaturity of the character, that the narrator was about 8 years old, until it was his 12th birthday The rage the boy is supposed to feel is not there, his confusion is all that comes through, confusion about what happened to his mother, his parents relationship, sex, girls, and on and on.So, good tale, but not well told

  • Hardcover
  • 246 pages
  • Closed Doors
  • Lisa O'Donnell
  • English
  • 06 January 2019
  • 006227189X

About the Author: Lisa O'Donnell

Lisa O Donnell winner of The Orange Prize for New Screenwriters with her screenplay The Wedding Gift in 2000 Lisa was also nominated for the Dennis Potter New Writers Award in the same year She moved to Los Angeles with her family in 2006, penning her first novel The Death of Bees in 2010 Published to critical acclaim by Windmill Books in 2012 The Death of Bees will be published in the US by Harper Collins January 2013 The author is very excited


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