Review: The Guide for Murdered Children by Sarah Sparrow

A Guide for Murdered Children

This book was definitely outside of my usual fare. In fact, it was down right bizarre, and rather violent for my tastes. I by no means hated it, but I never really reached a point where I fell in love with it either. The plot jumps around various POVs but essentially, it surmises what would happen if the souls of murdered children came back into host bodies and were able to take revenge on those who had killed them (and likely others). In addition to viewpoints from some of these souls, we also follow Willow Wylde, a disgraced, alcoholic detective fresh out of rehab, working cold cases, and trying to figure out why his new rookies are so keen on their first case.

Let me just say first and foremost, that if violence towards children (some sexual) & graphic descriptions thereof are something that triggers you, then be warned that this book is rather graphic in a lot of its imagery and intensely hard to read at times. There is a story, but it also meanders along, coming to the central mystery every once in awhile, but also flitting back and forth through time and multiple people’s experiences. It was a decent read, but I never really felt myself sucked in until the very end. When the end did come, however, the whole book did finally make a kind of sense, though it made you wonder about the kind of universe in which these things occur.

Overall, it was a solid read, even though it was a bit intense at times. I really feel like a book like this is aimed at certain kind of reader, and I’m not sure I was that person. I am glad I finished it, and it provided a lot of food for thought. I find myself returning to it every once in awhile in my head, and I think it will stick with me.

Note: I received this book from Netgalley & the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

More Information: Amazon, Goodreads

What mixed-genre books do you enjoy? Let me know in the comments!

4 thoughts on “Review: The Guide for Murdered Children by Sarah Sparrow

  1. This doesn’t sound like a good fit for me. I’ve never heard of it before. Hmmm, mixed-genre… I’m drawing a blank on examples! Does a “literary” mystery count? 🙂 If so, then Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie books are some of my favorites. They’re shelved in fiction but are very much like detective mysteries.

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