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Author: Rupert Wallis
"A beautifully written page turner, simultaneously dark and deeply touching…"
I read this novel several months ago and still the characters still sit fresh in my mind which, I think, is the sign of an exceptionally good book and so I felt it deserved a review. I suspect that this is one of those books that will become a classic over time - it is definitely worth reading if you enjoy writers such as Patrick Ness, Neil Gaiman or David Almond. I gave it to my sons (aged 14 & 16) and they both loved it, with the younger one being completely gripped by it - it's the first time I've seen him sit down and devour a book from cover to cover. It is a beautifully written story of 14 year old James and his relationship with a homeless man called Webster. It is a story of relationship, grief and loss. But it also has a paranormal aspect to it, or does it? I loved that I was left wondering at the end what had really happened - had Webster really been cursed? Did the old woman really have magic powers ? This is a gripping page turner as well as a beautifully written and crafted book so I'm not surprised to see that it has already been nominated for several awards. But its not so literary as to be unaccessible for your average 12-16 year old, its an easy read and would make a fantastic film. I'm glad to have discovered Rupert Wallis so early in his career and can't wait for his next novel. A definite five stars from me.