Genre: Young Adult – Magical Realism – #loveozya
Target Audience: 12+
Rating: B (78%)
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
This story begins not too long after the passing of Beth Teller, told from her point of view. Normally, I’d be very hesitant about reading a book like this (as it isn’t my cup of tea usually), but after a strong recommendation, I gave it a go and was pleasantly surprised.
Beth Teller has passed away, but she’s still on Earth and only her father can see and talk with her. As her father’s a detective, Beth follows him around a small town, hoping to help him solve what could be a murder.
It’s an extremely extraordinary story set in Australia, captivating the racism across communities and the culture that others embrace. It also covers loss, and the pain that it can cause not only within, but to the others around those affected. The ripples of emotion.
It’s very interesting and captivating book that will have you wanting more. I know that I couldn’t figure out the ending for the life of me. In that regard, it’s exceptional. However, I must admit, I still found it a little hard to read, but I think that’s just on me personally, rather than an attack on the novel. It’s a hard genre for me to wrap my mind around it, and despite the book having sucked me in, I couldn’t quite commit to the idea 100%.
In that regard, I recommend giving this book a shot, with fair warning that it’s probably not like anything you’ve read before.
The break down of my rating:
Style & Tone: 8/10
Enjoyment Factor: 8/10