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Closed Doors 'There are no strangers in Rothesay Michael Everyone knows who you are and always will It's a blessing but it's also a curse' Eleven year old Michael Murray is the best at two things keepy uppies and keeping secrets His family think he's too young to hear grown up stuff but he listens at doors; it's the only way to find out anything And Michael's heard a secret one that might explain the bruises on his mother's face When the whispers at home and on the street become too loud to ignore Michael begins to wonder if there is an even bigger secret he doesn't know about Scared of what might happen if anyone finds out and desperate for life to return to normal Michael sets out to piece together the truth But he also has to prepare for the upcoming talent show keep an eye out for Dirty Alice his arch nemesis from down the street and avoid eating Granny's watery stew Closed Doors is the startling new novel from the acclaimed author of The Death of Bees It is a vivid evocation of the fears and freedoms of childhood in the 1980s and a powerful tale of love the loss of innocence and the importance of family in difficult times Sitting at about 35 stars this was a uick read that still packed a lot of punch The story is told through the perspective of Michael an 11 almost 12 year old boy grappling with the stress of adult issues in a world he is not prepared to faceWhen Michael's mum returns home badly beaten and obviously defiled the family decides survival can only be found through silence and secrecy Through the lens of an 11 year old this is complicated and add to that his own coming of age awareness and curiosity to the world of the opposite sex and his life begins to feel as thought it is coming apart My biggest complaints about this book were the actual writing style it was presented in I had a hard time connecting with Michael's voice and his hatred towards some of the other kids played like a worn out record At times his thoughts felt like a 5 or 6 year old other times he was mature It was hard to relate to him as a narrator Lots of repetition lots of worn out phrases and just over all the same thing seemed to happen again and again The stupidity of the family and the way they handled the situation was beyond mind boggling It was a contrived anger then frustrated connections as a reader but that could have just been my lack of connection with aspects of the story Those were the reasons this dropped a bit in rating for meIn the end as bits come together I appreciated the conclusion as a reader but I still feel like there was just an overall lack of luster to the entire story It sits slightly above average because it did keep me engaged and for readers who like the strange unfolding of a family tragedy topped with dysfunctional coping this will keep you turning the pages It reminded me of a YA version of We Were The Mulvaneys at times the dark lost feel of a family in crisis The feel of tension was presented well enough that I have added the author's other book to my TBR list Interesting plot in a small struggling Scottish town a young woman is raped and badly beating while walking home from work one night and her shame prevents her from going to the police Thus the townspeople assume her husband has beat her she goes through intense depression which worsens when the rapist attacks a teen and then a pregnant neighbor As her family is destroyed she struggles with the horror of what she has gone through and what she has put others throughButthe narrator is the 11 year old son of the woman who was raped first While some writers have told a story successfully through a child's voice Room or even a dog's Art of Racing in the Rain this does not ring true at all I had thought both from the cover and from the immaturity of the character that the narrator was about 8 years old until it was his 12th birthday The rage the boy is supposed to feel is not there his confusion is all that comes through confusion about what happened to his mother his parents' relationship sex girls and on and onSo good tale but not well told Liked the concept did not like Michael or the very last pages I loved CLOSED DOORS and was enchanted by the voice of 11 year old Michael and his interpretation of the world around him As with DEATH OF BEES O'Donnell successfully pulls the reader into the universe of her characters with sensitivity spot on storytelling and humor No kidding unputdownable I carried it from room to room Fortunately we don't have stairs Told in the voice of 11 year old Michael Murray a Scottish lad living in a small town on the west coast this is a compelling read Michael hears something shocking from behind a closed door He eavesdrops like all kids do When his Ma and Da find out he's heard he's sworn to secrecy But it's a hard secret to keep He's 11 after all and the kids in town sense something is not right This little guy is some kind of hero for keeping his mouth shut and his folks while good people really got it wrong Anyway superb story Very entertaining read Five stars I like coming of age stories and the stream of consciousness that is the narrator's voice It works well and though there were a few inconsistencies with Michael's maturity level and some repetition the thoughts were believably both perceptive and childish for a 12 year old even brought me back to my youth and trying to eavesdrop on adult conversations There's good tension throughout the book as well as a few laughs though I wasn't enad with the ending The Death of Bees by O'Donnell was better than Closed Doors in my opinion but I still flew through this book That girl was saved by God says Granny but Granny says that about everything especially food that's fallen on the floor This means I always get good sweets and monkey nuts and toffee apples Sometimes you get fruit I hate fruit but it's rude to complain Once I got a toothbrush that was the worst One year people brought eggs to smack on people's windows who didn't like Halloween like old folk with weak hearts and who maybe couldn't afford to buy the treats so names were taken and arses were kicked It never happened again As seen on my blog It has been proven time and again what a powerful literary move it is to describe tragedy through a child's perspective This is the second book in which Lisa O'Donnell has used the innocent and untainted honesty of a child's point of view to tell her story She was once again hugely successful with Closed Doors but I wasn't as blown away this time around Michael was an entertaining narrator but there was much left to be desiredMichael's mother has suffered at the hands of a heartless monster one who's unseen presence has consumed all sense of normalcy in his family His father feels helpless; his grandmother the self appointed mediator Michael begins his narrative as an 11 year old spy one who's constantly listening at doors and eavesdropping from the top of the stairs He catches bits of information and attempts to unravel the riddles himself Soon enough he's completely involved in his family's turmoil and no longer has to sneak around He describes events with a voice that is unfiltered in it's truths all while growing up a little faster than his parents would have otherwise likedThere were moments that I believed Michael to be his indicated age other times he dissolved into a much younger boy of maybe 6 or 7 years old The subject matter in Closed Doors was one that slammed so fiercely into your heart that sometimes it was hard to not crave the perspective of someone mature or even the thoughts of the victim herself Michael's mother Though for the most part the story was told with intense emotion and it is nearly impossible to not feel for Michael and his family; for the pain that was so clearly radiating from every heated exchange or swollen silence It was an interesting dynamic of both a family in turmoil and a 11 year old boy constantly interested in what 11 year old boys are typically entranced by girls fights toys candy and friendships I loved Michael's interactions with the hated Dirty Alice it was definitely the comic relief in the novel and completely in tune with the dialogue I loved so much from O'Donnell's The  Death of BeesI can't say that I was completely satisfied with the conclusion of Closed Doors I selfishly wanted some twists and some heart wrenching revolutions I felt like the build up was written in a way that teased of something and the ending just fell flat for me However this book was definitely another win for the author and a true testament of her ability to tackle difficult subjects in an unusual and refreshingly different way I will be reading any and everything Lisa O'Donnell publishes Recommended for fans of  Room by Emma Donoghue The Round House by Louise Erdich Contemporary Controversial Issues review also found at starsI received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher Harper via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review The expected publication date is May 20 2014This was a very uniue read for me Told through the innocence of an eleventwelve year old boy you experience the horror of the impact of a truly hideous crime In the innocence of the age the reader sees him try to piece together and understand the crime and the impacts it is having on his worldI must admit that I had uite a few giggles when Michael voiced his opinions and thoughts in a way only a child of his age would His love hate relationship with Dirty Alice was one of the high points of story for meThis books tackles a very serious issue and the fallout from it By telling it through the eyes of a child it allows the reader to see how far reaching the impacts can be felt when a life altering event occurs It portrays how there are victims than just the person who was targeted for a crime I have never read a story from this perspective and I found that I uite enjoyed itI must admit that there were several times throughout the story that Michael got on my nerves He just didn't seem to get things however I believe this may have been intentional He was eleven after all and most eleven year olds do not see past the things that directly impact them I am also no expert on children so perhaps it may be a low tolerance for me I also found that the narrative always had people screaming yelling or crying I felt there was an overuse of these phrases Again this could have been intentional based on the subject matter of the storyThis was a uick and easy read on a serious topic told from a uniue perspective I enjoyed it and I am thankful that I was given the opportunity to read it I’ve read Lisa O'Donnell's The Death of Bees twice now and loved it each time so I was eager to read her second novel Closed Doors with the hope that it would live up to the wonderful Death of Bees It so did in every respect I enjoyed this one even than The Death of Bees There is so much humour in this book compared to Bees and I really loved that about it It is so well written so simplistic the characters are wonderful and the story is an interesting if sad one Michael's Granny is a great character in the book She really reminded me of my own Nana who we lived with for years She had all the same old sayings and this really brought me back to those wonderful times One of my favourite books to read so far in 2014 I look forward to Lisa's next book with anticipation she is fast becoming one of my favourite authors


About the Author: Lisa ODonnell

Lisa O’Donnell winner of The Orange Prize for New Screenwriters with her screenplay The Wedding Gift in 2000 Lisa was also nominated for the Dennis Potter New Writers Award in the same year She moved to Los Angeles with her family in 2006 penning her first novel The Death of Bees in 2010 Published to critical acclaim by Windmill Books in 2012 The Death of Bees will be published in the US by Ha


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