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Title: The Child Garden
Author: Catriona McPherson
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Publication Date: 09/08/2015
Synopsis from Goodreads:Eden was its name. “An alternative school for happy children.” But it closed in disgrace after a student’s suicide. Now it’s a care home, its grounds neglected and overgrown. Gloria Harkness is its only neighbor, staying close to her son who lives there in the home, lighting up her life and breaking her heart each day.
When a childhood friend turns up at her door, Gloria doesn’t hesitate before asking him in. He claims a girl from Eden is stalking him and has goaded him into meeting her at the site of the suicide. Only then, the dead begin to speak—it was murder, they say.
Gloria is in over her head before she can help it. Her loneliness, her loyalty, and her all-consuming love for her son lead her into the heart of a dark secret that threatens everything she lives for.
I really tried to read this book. I really tried to like this book. I really wanted to both read AND like this book. But I just can’t say honestly that I did either. I tried to read the book. I kept at it until I was over 25% finished with the book. I kept waiting for that pull – the one that says “You just have to finish this book!!” But it didn’t come. At all.
Over the years and through all the books I’ve read (far more than my Goodreads account will ever know), I’ve come to learn one thing. If you get a quarter of the way through a book and it isn’t keeping your attention, it probably never will. I am not one of these people who reads a book, can’t finish it, then comes back six months later and reads the whole thing in one sitting. No, that’s not me. If I can’t get into it now, I never will be able to.
The book is well-written, it just isn’t grabbing my attention. It doesn’t make me want to keep reading even though I have 100 other things I need to be doing. It really just makes me want to fall asleep. I’m a quarter of the way through the book and all I’ve got are one recent and two old suicides, a possible 28 year old murder, and characters that make me want to reach into the pages of the book and smack them all for being so dull.
The book’s description sucked me in so well that I just had to request it – too bad the book just didn’t live up to the description. One star from me. Sorry, this one just isn’t that great.
blockquote>I received a copy of this book free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.