I seem to be reading books at the moment with really difficult subject matters. In The Reach of Children, 10 year old Daniel is going through an extremely difficult time. His mother, after a period of illness, has passed away. Daniel’s father melts down. Drinking heavily, grief makes him forget Daniel. As Daniel tries to wade through the murky river of his own grief, he starts to notice something strange is happening in his parents bedroom. Who is that singing?
The Reach of Children really tugs at you heart strings. Daniels grief is so perfectly written, along with the reactions of those he comes into contact with. Tim Lebbon captured the difficulty that people have when dealing with grieving.
Of course, as this is Tim Lebbon, it has a twist. I’m not going to tell you that though!
I would imagine that writing from a 10 year olds point of view is difficult. From my reading experience, when pulled off well, it lifts a story. That’s what Tim Lebbon manages to do in The Reach of Children.
This is a short read, more of a novella. However, it’s certainly time well spent. 4 stars.
****Disclaimer – I would like to thank Tim Lebbon, Endeavour Press and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is my honest review and all opinions expressed are my own****