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 lives?Such is the unfathomable mystery confronting ex-NYPD detective Willow Wylde, fresh out of rehab and finally able to find a job running a Cold Case squad 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 church 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 him.Mystical, 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....
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A Guide for Murdered Children Reviews
Mysterious, mystical, and unusual are all words that can be used to describe Sarah Sparrow’s debut novel, A Guide for Murdered Children. Confusing, scattered, and dragging at parts are also words that can be used to describe this novel. I picked up this book as an ARC from NetGalley back in October. I had high hopes, I really did. A story about murdered children who come back to avenge their deaths? Magnificent! Unique! Sure to be incredible! A Guide for Murdered Children did meet my expectation ...more
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A solid 3.5 stars rounded to 4
Why? Rounded-up for an intriguing and incredibly creative plot. 1.5 Stars taken off for the structure/writing 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 "Dub ...more
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When I first saw this cover I absolutely had to get my hands on a copy! Well I read the synopsis and was even more 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 it!
And naturally I couldn't wait to dive in but I needed to wait until closer to the pub date, which was SOOOO HARD!! But I was finally able to pick it up and I dove right in h ...more
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 spir ...more
Couldn't get through the first chapter. Seems to be written in some weird, stream-of-consciousness-type style that was extremely off-putting. Premise sounded amazing.
Please note that I received this book from Netgalley while it was still a work in progress. For that reason, I have decided to spoiler my review in case there are those that want to give the published book a fighting chance.
The title in contrast with the cover caught my attention. The premise in the summary sounded promising and in truth, the idea behind the story was a great idea. But that's about it.
The characters felt shallow. The writing flow did begin to improve halfway thr ...more
If I wasn't already aware of the dark subject matter and themes in A Guide for Murdered Children, I could make an estimated guess based on the morbid title, shockingly lurid pink cover and arbitrary unicorn.
**Gruesome spoilers ahead **
I struggled on how to rate this book so after I finished it, I went on to read books with more pleasant subject matter, like murder mysteries.
On the one hand, the writing is quite good and the premise is fascinating; the souls of murdered children inhabit the b ...more
I received a free electronic ARC for review through NetGalley.
This book is about revenge, and as such, it should be deeply satisfying. The Guide for Murdered Children refers to a booklet that is handed out to - you guessed it – murdered children, who have returned in the bodies of "tenants" (dead adults, reanimated just for the purpose of exacting revenge on the killer) during fake AA meetings by a "porter". Sounds complicated? It is. Unfortunately, the complication gets more convoluted as it g ...more