My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was my first book from this author and it took me a while to become used to their style of writing but, once I did, I found this book to be absolutely charming – even with the horrible way Damien was treated by his foster carers.
There is a trigger warning which needs heeding, there is awful behaviour towards a child expressed as a vitally important part of the narrative but it’s not gratuitous and it’s not sexual or overtly physical.
However, the rest of the book is a delight as Damien finds a world he never knew existed out in the woods which surround the town where he lives and, as he grows up, he realises that there might be another life for him too with the son of the family who gave him shelter.
It’s a gorgeous narrative, evocative and imaginative and I really liked it.
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review