Tuesday, 3 November 2015

What Milo Saw - Virginia Macgregor



  •  A BIG story about a small boy who sees the world a little differently
  • For fans of The Rosie Project, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Wonder, comes this spellbinding and generous-hearted tale about a small boy who just wanted his gran to come home.
The description of what this book was about was very vague, as you can see from the blurb above. So in deciding to read it,  I went on the premise that I had enjoyed the other books cited and I wasn't disappointed.

Milo is a 9 year old boy - but this book is not a children's book. Although the tale is told through Milo's eyes some of it is very grown up material - like when he catches his Dad with his "tart". 

Basically the book is about Milo's Gran who goes into Forget Me Not Nursing Home, whereas he wants her to continue to leave with him and his Mum at home. Milo doesn't think she is being cared for properly and sets about investigating behind the scenes at the home.

As the story is told through Milo, at times I did wonder if this was just a small boy not understanding the ways of the world. In fact when he goes to tell a policeman his concerns, this is what he is told, he needs to see the bigger picture. Ironic when Milo has a disease that means he can only see a pin point of the world at a time.

All of the characters are so believable and drawn so well that I felt like I knew them. Because of that most of the time I became so engrossed in what was happening that I forgot I was reading a book. I just saw the whole story unfolding before me. I found myself gasping out loud the storytelling was so realistic and at times unexpected in events.

I'm giving this book 5 out of 5 stars.

My thanks go to Netgalley and Sphere for a free e copy of this book to review.


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