When I first read the summary for this book I was instantly attracted to it and wanted to be included on the book tour. Then with lines such as “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.” and “Lies make people happy, I think, and that’s why people tell them, not to hurt or anger anyone, but to keep them safe from the truth…” I know this was going to be an interesting book. Find out what I thought of this book below!
Title: Closed Doors
Author: Lisa O’Donnell
Format: Hardback, 246 pages
Source: Received from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review
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.
About the Author
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 Harper Collins January 2013. The author is very excited!!!!!!
This novel was told from the perspective of Michael Murray, an eleven year old little boy who lives in Scotland with his mother, father, and grandmother. It follows the family throughout the duration of a year. Although it is told from Michael’s perspective, you get to see what some of the other “grown-up” characters think since Michael has a habit of listening at doors.
You fall in love with Michael pretty quickly while reading the book. He is young and naive, but he is very inquisitive and pieces things together pretty quickly. I also really fell in love with Dirty Alice, and enjoyed hearing about Fat Ralph and Paul. Each of the characters had their own personalities that really added to the entire story as a whole.
The plot was a very interesting one and one that dealt with a serious issue against Michael’s mother. I think having the story told from the perspective of an eleven year old helped make the issue more palatable, and made the entire story flow nicely. I think it also allowed for us to see how “grown-up problems” also affect children, even if they do not know the entire story.
I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to everyone.
4 out of 5 Hippos
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