Author: Kim Slater
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book whatsoever; it's my true opinion only.
I received an e-book of this from Macmillan Childrens Books via NetGalley. Thank you to the publisher for giving me a chance to read and review this.
I actually enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. I haven't read many contemporary crime fiction novels, but this one worked well. It was just so interesting in so many ways.
I just want to begin by saying the cover design to the book is fantastic. It is so creative and animated; it really draws you in.
The book reflects the cover with the characters and story.
Kieran is just one of those main protagonists that you fall in love with.
Although he doesn't outright say that he has autism - and when Kieran says he's special and has a teaching assistant helping him that no one else does - it's what we assume as a reader.
I think this is what makes the book special.
An old man called Colin is killed and as the police assume he was just drunk and "fell in", Kieran feels it in him to find the truth.
Along the way, Kieran makes friends and discovers enemies.
He is a fantastic artist and draws everything he remembers and sees into his pictures to store.
I feel this novel will go far and people will fall in love with Kieran.
The characters Tony and Ryan annoyed me to no end. I really wanted to reach into the book and strangle them.
The writing is just so cleverly done and everything is planned out well.
The novel is also written in first person, which is great as we get to see the thoughts and feelings of Kieran and how he will work things out.
Family, mystery and friendship packed in a novel that reminds me of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time".
The beginning of the story had me hooked and I was satisfied with the ending.
In the end I gave this book four and a half stars. I recommend this book for all ages to read.
It is a definite must-read!
I hope you have enjoyed this review.
Happy reading =)