We all say there is no justice in this world. But what if there really was? What if the souls of murdered children were able to return briefly to this world, inhabit adult bodies and wreak ultimate revenge on the monsters who had killed them, stolen their lives?Such is the unfathomable mystery confronting ex-NYPD detective Willow Wylde, fresh out of rehab and finally able to find a job running a Cold Case squad in suburban Detroit. When the two rookie cops assigned to him take an obsessive interest in a decades old disappearance of a brother and sister, Willow begins to suspect something out of the ordinary is afoot. And when he uncovers a series of church basement AA-type meetings made up of the slain innocents, a new way of looking at life, death, murder and missed opportunities is revealed to him.Mystical, harrowing and ultimately tremendously moving, A Guide for Murdered Children is a genre-busting, mind-bending twist on the fine line between the ordinary and the extraordinary....
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A Guide for Murdered Children Reviews
Mysterious, mystical, and unusual are all words that can be used to describe Sarah Sparrow’s debut novel, A Guide for Murdered Children. Confusing, scattered, and dragging at parts are also words that can be used to describe this novel. I picked up this book as an ARC from NetGalley back in October. I had high hopes, I really did. A story about murdered children who come back to avenge their deaths? Magnificent! Unique! Sure to be incredible! A Guide for Murdered Children did meet my expectation ...more
Actual rating: 1.5
DNF @ 75%
First, I’d like to thank Dutton/Penguin Random House for this ARC.
Second, I must point out that, yes, I didn’t necessarily finish the book, but I read enough to offer me what feels like a semblance of appropriateness in giving this review.
Okay. Let’s get the pros out of the way:
•Sarah Sparrow has a wonderfully creative mind. Her writing is unique and wholly imaginative.
•At a glance, the plot is intriguing. I was very eager to read this book, because the originality of ...more
I requested this book solely based on the title. How can anyone who loves mysteries and weird, supernatural stories resist a title like A Guide for Murdered Children?
We immediately get a thorough, no holds barred view of Willow, and he is a mess. Initially, I wondered who the heck is this person and what is going on? Didn't really seem like he'd be "hero" material, but apparently he was. I rather liked how flawed Willow's character was - it makes him a great person to for his job(s).
The story ha ...more
**** Goodreads give away winner ****
Reader beware triggers, triggers and triggers abound. If you are a reader not faint of heart and enjoy a dark, twisted, yet hauntingly beautiful read this may be the book for you.
Personally I entered to win the book solely based on the name and cover. Pink and unicorns and murder! So me. I even had the perfect homemade bookmark to use (pink w/ skulls and butterflies). So this book was right up my literary alley and I was not disappointed.
Yes it was dark and ...more
I fully admit to being sucked in by the title and then I stayed for the plot.
In a nutshell: Murdered children are reincarnated into the bodies of recently deceased adults. Their mission? To achieve a "moment of balance" aka revenge on their killers for their untimely demise.
A Guide for Murdered Children was a solid 3.5 stars for me. The premise is super unique and interesting and it definitely kept my interest the entire way through. However, they are so many characters, as you have both the chi ...more
Please note that I received this book from Netgalley while it was still a work in progress. For that reason, I have decided to spoiler my review in case there are those that want to give the published book a fighting chance.
The title in contrast with the cover caught my attention. The premise in the summary sounded promising and in truth, the idea behind the story was a great idea. But that's about it.
The characters felt shallow. The writing flow did begin to improve halfway thr ...more
The plot for this book is incredibly creative! I love it when I come across a book that takes genre-normal and blows it all to pieces! With that said, there are some dark events in this book that some might not want to delve into -- murder, rape, etc of children. Now given the title of the book, that's not a surprise, but just be aware before you read this story.
The basics: The spirits of murdered children get to return to the Earth for a limited time to exact revenge on their killers. The spir ...more
Thank you to Penguin Group Blue Rider Press for providing me with a copy of Sarah Sparrow's novel, A Guide for Murdered Children, in exchange for an honest review.
PLOT- Willow Wade is a recovering alcoholic and former cop trying to get his life back together. His friend and current husband to Wade's ex-wife, convinces him to take a job in a cold-case unit in Detroit. Wade, who has psychic abilities, soon realizes that something very unusual is happening with regard to the cold cases of children ...more