The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

31st December 2016

What the publisher says:

England,1976.

Mrs Creasy is missing and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands.

And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined…

 

What I say:

 

I had heard lots of publicity around this book and I follow the author on Twitter where she comes across as a very normal down to earth person so I was overjoyed to see that the book was reduced to download onto my Kindle.  I had seen so much hype that I was prepared to be disappointed as this has happened before with many titles.

The book follows the story of 10 year old Grace and her friend Tilly as they try to find out why their neighbour Mrs Creasy has vanished overnight.  They decide that the best way to do this is to find God as God is all seeing and knowing and so must know what has happened to her.  They try going from door to door to find out what each resident of the street knows but only uncover that behind each door are more secrets.

This is a book that is not easy to categorise. There are no huge surprises, no sad touching moments and nothing greatly changes even when Mrs Creasy returns at the very end of the book.  It is also not easy to review without giving away the storyline.  What I can say however is that this is a book I will read over and over again and I expect that each time I read it I will find something new to marvel over.

 

Rating 5 out of 5

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