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Amelie, St Helen and St Katharine

Saint Death

This book is not for the faint hearted. There are some scary, edge of your seat parts and some uncomfortable realities of life highlighted. Set in the small village of Anapra, on the Mexican border with the USA, the story gives us insight into how poor and disadvantaged Mexicans live. Arturo, the main character, lives in Anapra and has a job with such a small salary that he can barely feed himself let alone have heating. One day his friend Faustino, whom he hasn’t seen for over a year, comes to him for help. Faustino wants Arturo to make a $1,000 by gambling – he needs the money for the next night – and from then on Arturo’s life goes from bad to worse. The story is gripping and emotional with lots of little cliff hangers, making you want to keep reading. The characters were completely believable even though their desperate situation is hard for us here in middle class England to imagine. Sedgwick uses abrupt almost brutal descriptions; there is no comfort for them and no comfort the reader. His characters are frightened and Sedgwick skilfully makes you feel like you are there with them, evoking the anxiety, fear and other emotions that they must be feeling. I did feel a little frightened but I also felt very sad as I read this story, although I did really enjoy this book it was a difficult read and I would not recommend it for younger readers. I rate this book 9/10 as it evoked many emotions and I couldn’t put it down.

Posted on: 30th April 2018 at 08:57 am

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