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Tuesday, 26 May 2020

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Illustrated Child
The Illustrated Child: Polly Crosby

It's been a funny few weeks and although I feel as though I've been reading a lot, I have so many different books on the go that this is the only one I've finished in the past few days. 

When Romily and her father move to an old and isolated house in the depths of the countryside, to begin with there is so much to explore. She fills her days with discovering all of the secrets which are hidden in the house and grounds and her new kitten, Monty.

Romily's father is an artist and has begun writing books which feature his daughter and her adventures. Hidden inside each of the books is a secret and people descend upon their house every summer to try and follow the treasure hunt which they are convinced hides within the pages.

As a reader you're thrown into a world of descriptive writing, so much so that you get the chance to experience Romily's world in a visceral way. As she grows up, she struggles to understand the fame which comes with the success of the books: her father is appearing on TV and suddenly things begin to change around the house and yet still Romily is sure there's something more to the secrets hiding within the beautiful pages.

As the years pass, she finds more clues which will lead her to her very own treasure...the truth surrounding some of the secrets from her childhood.

Although at first this story seems full of woodland whimsy, it takes a darker turn towards the end. I can't say that I was hugely shocked or surprised by the ending, but enjoyed this story nonetheless.
It's due to be released in October 2020. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. 

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