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A Game For All The Family 

 

Author : Sophie Hannah
Published: 13 August 2015
Reviewed: 21 September 2015

What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor

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Copy kindly supplied by Hodder & Stoughton
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  2 (& 1/2) out of 5 stars

 

 

Justine Merrison and her family leave London for a new life in Devon, Justine is hugely looking forward to a life without the stress of London and her career, but on the drive down to Devon something strange happens that sets the tone of the novel, an “odd feeling” about something she sees seems to throw her off balance.

To begin with, life in Devon is bliss, Justine can live the life of doing ‘nothing’ as she so wishes for, until the strange phone calls start, and she discovers the story that her daughter Ellen is writing for school.  Something about that story unnerves Justine to the point she MUST know more, it’s too  far fetched for Ellen to have written, the names used aren’t those that a teenager would think up, the setting is their lovely new house and the story is dark and sinister.

As Ellen’s story progresses, so does the saga surrounding Justine, the mystery calls become menacing and sinister and Justine begins to fear for the safety of herself, her husband and daughter.  As she struggles to find out what’s happening the twists of Ellen’s story become more and more intense.
Conscious not to give away too much and spoil the book for other readers I will avoid giving too much detail on what happens next, but there are some twists and turns in the novel, and the need to find out what happens next was a driver in reading on for me.

The sub plot of Ellen’s story is necessary in this novel as it explains the psychological aspect of a character, but in all honesty, that part of the novel could have easily been replaced with a conversation or two between characters giving the details of what happened, when, where and who was involved to avoid the messy jumping about and irritating different writing styles (yes I appreciate that this was a tool used to allow a clear difference between the two stories being told), irritating in the sense of the font that was used, the style it was written in and the way it read.  It definitely did not enhance my reading. 

The concept of the novel is an interesting one, but the execution just didn’t hit the mark for me.  I was eager to read this after reading the description and blurb on the cover of the book but was very let down and there were a few times I actually wondered to myself if it was worth finishing it.  

I might recommend this book to someone that enjoys Fiction, Mystery, and Thrillers.


 

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