Only Child Rhiannon Navin

71SqG-uQKXL._AC_UL436_ Pub:  Pan

We all went to school that Tuesday like normal. Not all of us came home.

When the unthinkable happens, six-year-old Zach is at school. Huddled in a cloakroom with his classmates and teacher, he is too young to understand that life will never be the same again.

Afterwards, the once close-knit community is left reeling. Zach’s dad retreats. His mum sets out to seek revenge. Zach, scared, lost and confused, disappears into his super-secret hideout to try to make sense of things. Nothing feels right – until he listens to his heart . . .

But can he remind the grown-ups how to love again?

 

My Review 

I knew from the very beginning this book would tug at my heartstrings, and it did tremendously.

Zach’s story is utterly heartbreaking and I really wanted to take him away and just pay him some attention.

When his brother Andy is killed in a school shooting, his family are all consumed with their own grief and with the family of the shooter.

Only Child is a stunning debut, superbly written and told with the words of six year old Zach. He see’s everything, even though the people around him do not realise this. He learns family secrets, he copes with his own inner turmoil of losing a brother, who typically didn’t seem to be bothered with him,  and right to the end of the novel he teaches love.

I loved how the author brought Zach to life, he is an amazing little boy and oh how made me cry. I cried for his mother, her heartache is brilliantly portrayed, and tragedy, hate and defiance is performed with a realistic and desolate tone.

This is one fabulous tale.

4*/5

 

@rhiannonnavin

@panmacmillan 

 

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