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A Guide for Murdered Children

Ch basement AA type meetings made up of the slain innocents a new way of looking at life death murder and missed opportunities is revealed to himMystical harrowing and ultimately tremendously moving A Guide for Murdered Children is a genre busting mind bending twist on the fine line between the ordinary and the extraordinary. Actual rating 15DNF 75%First I d like to thank DuttonPenguin Random House for this ARCSecond I must point out that yes I didn t necessarily finish the book but I read enough to offer me what feels like a semblance of appropriateness in giving this reviewOkay Let s get the pros out of the way Sarah Sparrow has a wonderfully creative mind Her writing is uniue and wholly imaginative At a glance the plot is intriguing I was very eager to read this book because the originality of the synopsis alone is enoughBut and here come the cons the execution is just not there In the first few chapters alone my brain was already swimming It came off as if Ms Sparrow took two handfuls of various genres and tossed them in between the pages but never once trying to nail it down to anything specific In that regard the book felt like an over complicated and muddled messReally there s just too damn much happening on each page I consider myself to have a pretty good grasp on absurd plots that go every which way but there was a manic and frenetic energy to the story that threw me for a loop I was admittedly confused for a majority of this novel as it jumped around between POV s and perspectives It s hard to keep track of all that is going on And it is a fairly dense book too Character wise I didn t much care for Willow either and that put a damper on the reading experienceI really wanted to enjoy this I m mentally exhausted now that s it s done

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We all say there is no justice in this world But what if there really was What if the souls of murdered children were able to return briefly to this world inhabit adult bodies and wreak ultimate revenge on the monsters who had killed them stolen their livesSuch is the unfathomable mystery confronting ex NYPD detective Willow. You can also read my reviews on WP anisabookreviewswordpresscom20170A solid 35 stars rounded to 4 Why Rounded up for an intriguing and incredibly creative plot 15 Stars taken off for the structurewriting style of the narrative Imagine the world where the spirits of slain Children can return to exact revenge and to give closure to their cherished ones and finally restore the balance Justice in a world without any Recovering alcoholic and ex NYPD detective Willow Wylde aka Dubya is fresh out of rehab and about to take on the world without intoxicants As a divorcee Willow has one last attempt to be a father to his daughter and a grandfather to little Larkin But Detective Willow is still unchanged a collision of self and destructiveness as he tries to navigate his sobriety Strange deaths are occurring in Saggerty Falls and Detective Willow uses his experience attempting to piece together the crimes What he learns is deadly but what he becomes is reinventedThe premise of the novel is that murdered children can inhabit a moribund adult body and exact revenge on the person that wronged them There is a Guide Book and a structure of this society The Porter Annie the guide sentries assistants to the Porter roommates child spirit and landlords the moribund adult body And there is the train that arrives at the station with their Subalterns train sentries The children take on the ride to their final mission But something is amissThe novel is recounted in the third person and begins with a writing style is difficult to appreciate and appears to read as a stream of consciousness I grappled with the presentation of the first few chapters trying to grasp onto words that seemed to be placed together with a forced atmosphere of chaos Even though the pace is slow the narrative jogs all over the place There are alternating stories multiple points of view and timelines Finally there is an abundance of characters within characters and their full set of details which created confusion I was forced to read and re read And sometimes I moved on and it made sense later The chapter headings and sub headings were helpful but not always But where the narrative fails in structure it makes up in character development and imagination I enjoyed Detective Willow a character you can both love and despise at the same time A loathsome man is attempting to reassert his place in his neglected family His love is palpable as he rediscovers relationships As a retired old cop he takes a chance at getting his old job back but knows he is washed up Middle age makes him feel invisible But he has a gift of voices he has been suppressing Other noteworthy characters in the novel are a murderous duo Laverne and Grundy s creepy rituals may keep me up at night Although the descriptions of their killing are not gruesome it is hair raising and sinister Finally The structure of the spirit world was impressive world building There was a feeling of strangeness and it was believable The transparent hue of the Blue Earth the train arriving at the station in dreams the whispers of instruction the Tom Collins and a cookie on a tray the integration of body and spirit The spooky and surreal ambiance was on pointOverall there is a mystery mysticism and some gruesome brutality A great concept to juxtapose the paranormalscience fiction genre with horror It fell short in the structure but the story still unfolds and those bits are brilliant Not for the faint heart and for those who prefer a streamlined readThank you NetGalley PENGUIN GROUP Blue Rider Press Plume for the ARC in exchange for my honest review Marriage by Deception you can both love and despise at the same time A loathsome man is attempting to reassert his place in his neglected family His love is palpable as he rediscovers relationships As a retired old cop he takes a chance at getting his old job back but knows he is washed up Middle age makes him feel invisible But he has a gift of voices he has been suppressing Other noteworthy characters in the novel are a murderous duo Laverne and Grundy s creepy rituals may keep me up at night Although the descriptions of their killing are not gruesome it is hair raising and sinister Finally The structure of the spirit world was impressive world building There was a feeling of strangeness and it was believable The transparent hue of the Blue Earth the train arriving at the station in dreams the whispers of instruction the Tom Collins and a cookie on a tray the integration of body and spirit The spooky and surreal ambiance was on pointOverall there is a mystery mysticism and some gruesome brutality A great concept to juxtapose the paranormalscience fiction genre with horror It fell short in the structure but the story still unfolds and those bits are brilliant Not for the faint heart and for those who prefer a streamlined readThank A Tangled Affair (The Pearl House you NetGalley PENGUIN GROUP Blue Rider Press Plume for the ARC in exchange for my honest review

Sarah Sparrow ☆ 5 review

Wylde fresh out of rehab and finally able to find a job running a Cold Case suad in suburban Detroit When the two rookie cops assigned to him take an obsessive interest in a decades old disappearance of a brother and sister Willow begins to suspect something out of the ordinary is afoot And when he uncovers a series of chur. The plot for this book is incredibly creative I love it when I come across a book that takes genre normal and blows it all to pieces With that said there are some dark events in this book that some might not want to delve into murder rape etc of children Now given the title of the book that s not a surprise but just be aware before you read this story The basics The spirits of murdered children get to return to the Earth for a limited time to exact revenge on their killers The spirits inhabit the bodies of certain adults while on Earth These landlords are dead people who are reanimated for the sole purpose of assisting the murdered children The murdered kids attend secret meetings disguised as AA meetings at churches to discuss their journeys In the course of an investigation former NYPD detective Willow Wylde discovers these meetings When he realizes those attending are actually slain children Willow learns a whole new understanding of life and deathThis story is incredibly creative inventive and mind blowing But in places the execution was a bit rambling and confusing There are just too many side characters and subplots going on all at once It muddied the waters a bit too much making the plot a bit confusing at times That being said the story itself was so interesting and bizarre that it kept my attention the entire book no matter how rambling things got I love the character of Willow He s middle aged feels tired and washed up Alcoholism has robbed him of a lot but he s trying to pull it together to do something with the rest of his life Very realistic character All in all an interesting book I enjoyed reading it and I loved the creative plot But it could have been a bit focused The completely cool concept kept me reading I enjoyed this book despite the plot chasing rabbits a bit The front cover is totally perfect I voluntarily read an advance readers copy of this book from Penguin via NetGalley All opinions expressed are entirely my own


10 thoughts on “A Guide for Murdered Children

  1. says:

    I would like to thank Netgalley for a copy of this book Unfortunately it wasn't for me There was so much going on that I didn't understand at times and other times I did Even though it wasn't for me I hope others will like it

  2. says:

    You can also read my reviews on WP anisabookreviewswordpresscom20170A solid 35 stars rounded to 4 Why? Rounded up for an intriguing and incredibly creative plot 15 Stars taken off for the structurewriting style of the nar

  3. says:

    With a pretty pink front cover that looks like it should be on my bookshelf and the comparison to my favorite author Shirley Jackson on the back I went into this horror novel with exceptionally high hopes only to

  4. says:

    Somewhere A Unicorn Is CryingFull disclosure I received a free electronic ARC for review through NetGalley Trigger warning for violence including the rape torture and murder of childrenFor the children when your time is done it is VERY important to THANK YOUR LANDLORD—they’ve been such CARING roommates Remember without THEM you

  5. says:

    The plot for this book is incredibly creative I love it when I come across a book that takes genre normal and blows it all to pieces With that said there are some dark events in this book that some might not want to delve into murder rape etc of children Now given the title of the book that's not a surprise but just be aware before you read this story The basics The spirits of murdered children get to return to the Earth for a limited time

  6. says:

    A Guide for Murdered Children is a supernatural realism thriller centered around the belief that one day a murdered child gets to find their moment of balance when they are resurrected into the body of an unsuspecting landlord who themselves have recently diedFirst and foremost I have to say that I have never read a book like this before in my life The concept was inventive and for the most part was executed very well T

  7. says:

    I fully admit to being sucked in by the title and then I stayed for the plotIn a nutshell Murdered children are reincarnated into the bodies of recently deceased adults Their mission? To achieve a moment of balance aka revenge on their killers for their untimely demiseA Guide for Murdered Children was a solid 35 stars f

  8. says:

    Actual rating 15DNF 75%First I’d like to thank DuttonPenguin Random House for this ARCSecond I must point out that yes I didn’t necessarily finish the book but I read enough to offer me what feels like a sem

  9. says:

    For my full review click here I first saw this cover I absolutely had to get my hands on a copy Well I read the synopsis and was even intrigued by the book Not just the cover but the title and synopsis had me completely intrigued I could help but drool once I got my hands on itAnd naturally I couldn't wait to dive in but

  10. says:

    A Guide for Murdered Children has all the ingredients needed for an amazing book a uniue concept an inventive hook troubled characters and some phenomenal and edgy writing Unfortunately just tossing all the ingredients into a big pan and hoping it comes out in the end doesn't always work What this book is missing is a solid through line There's no plot Nothing that drives the story forward Instead we have half a dozen

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