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A Guide for Murdered Children: A Novel

av Sarah Sparrow

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The author's name is a pseudonym, but I believe this book may have been written by Marisha Pessl, based on the following similarities that I found with Night Film:

1. An intriguing premise--in this case, the souls of murdered children inhabit temporarily the bodies of reanimated dead adults in order to avenge their (heretofore unknown) killers, all supervised by caretakers known as "porters" who staff a spooky blue train that appears only in dreams--that is never fully realized. The author excuses the plot inconsistencies by proclaiming that things go "haywire" when the porters change.

2. Overwrought writing (this book could have been cut by a third).

3. The egregious overuse of italics.

Not recommended (unless you really like Marisha Pessl's writing?). ( )
  librarianarpita | Oct 27, 2018 |
This book IS about a very difficult subject, so I realize there will be some who find this a no-go immediately. If you can get past your immediate reaction of “ew, murdered children” - you will enjoy this book!

Willow (Dubya) Wylde, the quintessential broken cop, is drawn into a world where murdered children inhabit the bodies of recently dead grown-ups for the sole purpose of seeking revenge. (Children in adult bodies? Awkward and hilarious.) Dubya has some innate psychic abilities he has spent a lot of time suppressing - leading to alcoholism and other self-damaging behaviors. But it is the disappearance of a brother and sister that ends up focusing his energy and gifts.

Plotwise, there is a train through which the children travel in the ether; a Porter to help said children; AA-style meetings for the adults and children who are sharing a body; and of course, the guide for murdered children. I feel like that is just about all I can tell you about the plot without spoiling it for you. Except that there are lots of murdered children and equal amounts of gore and very bad people.

There have been mixed reviews about this book. I feel like if you pick up a book with the title, A Guide for Murdered Children, you have to know what you’re in for. It will probably help readers if they realize there is a lot of catching up to do to understand the world the author has built, similar to reading a fantasy novel. (If you hate fantasy/sci-fi for this reason, probably skip this book.) You have to trust the author’s vision until you are able to fully understand what is happening.

I think that Sparrow was brave to trust her instincts with this story and she deals with a difficult subject matter with a lot of respect. I found the book well-written and creative. Kudos to you, Sarah Sparrow.

(A review copy was provided by the publisher.) ( )
  ouroborosangel | May 22, 2018 |
This was a really interesting story.

What had me intrigued was the cover at first, but when I read the description, I knew I wanted to read it. The idea of murdered children coming back to inhabit the bodies of adults and take revenge on their murderers was really interesting. The book has so much more to offer than that, though.

The story follows a few different children as they come back to life and search for their killers. The children all cross paths with one another at one of the weekly meetings created to ease the transition between being a murdered child and a functioning adult. Annie is a porter and her job is to help the children make sense of what is going on along with help from the Guide.

To go alongside the story of the children coming back to kill their murderers, we have Willow "Dubya" Wilde and his battle with alcoholism. He has just returned to the force as a Cold Case Detective, thanks to his ex-wife, after a stint in rehab. But Willow isn't your ordinary recovering addict and there is much more to his story than meets the eye.

It was a fairly quick read and I found myself reading large chunks at a time with ease. I really enjoyed the twists and turns. A lot of which, I didn't see coming. I figured out who killed Troy and Maya, but was a little caught off guard by Winston's murderer. It all seemed to fit perfectly in the end, though, which was nice. All the children's paths cross not only during the meetings but outside of the meetings in their search for their moment of balance.

The story contains its own unique vocabulary too, which I liked. It's sort of like the wizarding world has their own language, so why not the world of the murdered children's souls?

Now warning to the faint of heart with this one, it's about murdered children. I know, surprise, right? Seriously though, there are some pretty graphic scenes when it comes to the children remembering how they died and taking their revenge. I feel like the title is pretty straightforward on that, but I've read book reviews in the past where reviewers were mad when there were graphic scenes. It is a bout murdered children, hence the title. So there, you've been warned.

The only thing I didn't like is that there are some unanswered questions about how it all works. Annie constantly answers questions by referring to the Great Mystery and Willow, in the end, does the same. What happened, though, to Dabba Doo? Did Winston receive his moment of balance after all? Why did Dabba Doo inhabit Roy Eakins? Was it all a result of the haywire?

My list goes on.

Despite that, the overall story was great. I found myself wanting to read it over the other books I'm currently reading, which there usually isn't one that take precedence over another unless it's a required book for a class. I wanted to know if my assumptions were right and, honestly, I wanted to know what happened to all the characters. Willow, Lydia/Maya, Daniel/Troy, and Annie all had me invested in their story.

I'm definitely glad this one grabbed my attention on NetGalley and thanks again to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC. It is always a pleasure to get my hands on something good to come.

Like I said, the concept was really interesting and I honestly hope there is more to come from Sarah Sparrow. Perhaps, a guide for murdered adults? Or a guide for porters? More from Willow? Just a thought. ( )
  CJ82487 | Mar 20, 2018 |
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