WHISPERS IN THE GEAVEYARD by THERESA BRESLIN.
Solomon is full of anger - with the teachers and his father who have failed him, with his mother who has left him, and also with himself. He cannot bear to be at school or home. His refuge is one corner of the kirkyard, where nothing flourishes except a single rowan tree. Then workmen uproot the tree, and, as it dies, a terrible force comes to life.
...... Outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE (Chapter 1): My footprints track across the faint dew still lying on the grass.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 105): Licking at the dark corners of your mind, searching out the flaws, the imperfections. Spreading doubt and mistrust. Feeding on fear, becoming ever more powerful.
KEEP IT OR NOT?: I shall be passing this onto Niece #2 (13)
Sounds wonderful, doesn't it?
And it would have been if the blurb on the back cover was totally accurate. Sadly though it wasn't and what we got was the story of Solomon's rather dysfunctional relationships and unfolding special educational needs with a side order of his adventures in the kirkyard - not that this wasn't a good story, it just wasn't altogether the story I had been expecting.
Written I believe with 12 to 14 year olds in mind, this is, in parts, an eerie tale but what made it really interesting to me was the way in which the author incorporated Scottish legends and historical truths - fascinating stuff, I learnt a lot about the superstitions surrounding death in times long gone. The downside? The lack of any real suspense. Sure the story was gripping at times but the author did not seem to be able to hold onto this and, almost like a breath of air exhaled at great speed, everything seemed to come hurtling out at once, leaving very little else.
A charity shop purchase, the 78th book read for my 100+ Reading Challenge.