20 August 2019

The Poison Garden; Alex Marwood

The Poison GardenThe Poison Garden by Alex Marwood
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A lot of promise here but the title and one scene gives away a major plot point (not as We Have Always Lived in the Castle as I'd hoped, though). It was a little surprising that in this day and age the whole "being acclimated to the real world" thing was done so poorly by the child services people and by the people working with Romy. Sarah is given no information about their beliefs and practices, nothing about how to help them integrate into school. Granted, her story isn't the happiest either given her parents' religious bent. Still, had that part been better covered it would have bumped this up to a four or five star. As it is, the ending feels like a cop out.

eARC provided by publisher.

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