07 January 2018

Only Child; Rhiannon Navin

Only ChildOnly Child by Rhiannon Navin
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Great premise poorly executed. Seeing how a family reacts to and can be destroyed by the loss of a member via a shooting incident through the eyes of its youngest member is incredibly timely, but all too frequently Zach's seven-year-old-voice sounded too much like what adult Zach might sound like looking back on the shooting that killed his brother. The opening, set in the classroom, was pitch perfect but after? No. Adults writing a child's voice is always tricky, particularly when writing this type of story, the type that requires both emotion (which the author nails) and explanation (which is where this book all too often gets wrong).

ARC provided by publisher.

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