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A Guide for Murdered Children (Review)

 

A Guide for Murdered Children by Sarah Sparrow

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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.

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