“This is a brilliantly compelling and powerful novella about how one moment can change a family forever.”
NO MAJOR SPOILERS
At the start of his school holidays, 12-year old Danny, is looking forward to a relaxed summer. But when his mother returns home one afternoon (much later than normal), escorted by two policemen, he knows that his summer is not going to be what he anticipated.
Danny’s mam, Rachel Delaney, has hit a small boy with her car. The boy is in a coma and his prognosis is unknown. Consumed by guilt she closes herself off, while Danny and his father struggle to remain normal under the circumstances.
Was it an accident? Or was it intentional?
Was Rachel driving under influence?
Who is the red-haired girl, across the street, who has been watching Danny?
Can Danny survive the emotional turmoil and tragedy his family is going through?
Most importantly, what will happen to the boy?
Told in John Boyne’s unique style from the point of view of Danny, this is a brilliantly compelling and powerful novella about how one moment can change a family forever.
Have you ever played Truth or Dare?
You will be careful about accepting a dare henceforth, because one dare and that one moment can lead to something which you may not be able to undo – ever.
My rating: 4/5
Added 10th August 2017