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Nayantara, King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls

The Smell of Other People's Houses

'The Smell of Other People's Houses' by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
was yet another page turner. The book, similar to 'Salt to the Sea', another book in the shortlist, includes 4 different perspectives. Again, with different stories to tell.
The book is one of the smaller books within the list, but by no means does it lack content. Hitchcock's writing style is something which draws you in and refuses to let you put down the book. The book was so intriguing in the way each character had their own story to tell, yet they were beautifully linked into each others'.
The characters within the book were all very unique, yet stayed very realistic- and more often than not a sense of understanding and relatability was felt whilst reading their thoughts.
I felt the story explored a variety of themes such as love, family issues and loss- meaning that there was something for everyone to take from reading it.
Overall, I felt the book was incredibly touching and dealt with issues that are still very relevant in this day and age, despite being set in 1970. The story flowed perfectly and there was never a time where I felt tired of the plot. I loved every aspect of this book, and would definitely recommend :)

Posted on: 30th March 2017 at 08:30 pm

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