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The Child Who

The Child Who - Simon Lelic What starts out as an incredibly unsettling - to the point of making you feel that odd sense of paranoia and unease even when you aren't reading it - novel sputters and stalls out into a series of unbelievable characters and clearly telegraphed 'twists' that completely invalidate any goodwill you had at the start. It's a disappointment, salvaged only by the reminder of that unease you felt at the outset. It gets a middling grade, but only barely - A Thousand Cuts is a better novel but even still I think Lelic's inventiveness with the genre is overshadowed by his inability to make the whole novel stick together in a believable/relatable way.More thoughts of this disappointed kind at RB: http://wp.me/pGVzJ-nf