A Guide for Murdered Children – Sarah Sparrow

We all say there is no justice in this world. But what if there really was? What if the souls of murdered children were able to return briefly to this world, inhabit adult bodies and wreak ultimate revenge on the monsters who had killed them, stolen their lives?

Such is the unfathomable mystery confronting ex-NYPD detective Willow Wylde, fresh out of rehab and finally able to find a job running a Cold Case squad in suburban Detroit. When the two rookie cops assigned to him take an obsessive interest in a decades old disappearance of a brother and sister, Willow begins to suspect something out of the ordinary is afoot. And when he uncovers a series of church basement AA-type meetings made up of the slain innocents, a new way of looking at life, death, murder and missed opportunities is revealed to him. – Goodreads.com

I received this book free from the publisher via netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

I am a huge fan of thrillers, crime novels, and anything a little bit off kilter so this novel seemed right up my alley when I saw it on Netgalley.com. It is exactly what it claims to be, harrowing, challenging, strange, fun and touching.

The copy I read was a proof so I don’t want to go too much into detail as it may still change. I just want to say the only things that I felt let down by was the overall wordiness, a particular 3-4 page monologue (most of which I skimmed) and that sometimes it’s OKAY to put down the thesaurus. Good writing should not be noticeable, and in some cases, the word choices just seemed over the top and didn’t suit the narrator.

That being said, overall I loved the concept of this novel, the characters I connected with most were the landlords and tenants and it all came together nicely in the end. I would recommend reading this one but be prepared to skim some of the drawn-out parts. Still enjoyable, otherwise, though!

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