Saturday, December 19, 2015

Pre Pub Book Buzz: The Children's Home by Charles Lambert

Ugh, it's Saturday and I didn't even realize it. So wrong on so many levels, but mostly because the weeks fly by at a rate that I can't really keep the days straight anymore. I even forgot to post this morning. It's holiday brain, I'm sure everyone is suffering right about now.

Anyway, I came across this little gem at Mountains and Plains this year and have been DYING to share it with you! Readers, if this book lives up to even half of the hype I'll be a happy, happy girl.

Here's the full description from Goodreads:

For fans of Shirley Jackson, Neil Gaiman, Roald Dahl, and Edward Gorey, a beguiling and disarming debut novel from an award-winning British author about a mysterious group of children who appear to a disfigured recluse and his country doctor,and the startling revelations their behavior evokes.

In a sprawling estate, willfully secluded, lives Morgan Fletcher, the disfigured heir to a fortune of mysterious origins. Morgan spends his days in quiet study, avoiding his reflection in mirrors and the lake at the end of his garden. One day, two children, Moira and David, appear. Morgan takes them in, giving them free reign of the mansion he shares with his housekeeper Engel. Then more children begin to show up.

Dr. Crane, the town physician and Morgan's lone tether to the outside world, is as taken with the children as Morgan, and begins to spend more time in Morgan's library. But the children behave strangely. They show a prescient understanding of Morgan's past, and their bizarre discoveries in the mansion attics grow increasingly disturbing. Every day the children seem to disappear into the hidden rooms of the estate, and perhaps, into the hidden corners of Morgan's mind.

The Children's Home is a genre-defying, utterly bewitching masterwork, an inversion of modern fairy tales like The Chronicles of Narnia and The Golden Compass, in which children visit faraway lands to accomplish elusive tasks. Lambert writes from the perspective of the visited, weaving elements of psychological suspense, Jamesian stream of consciousness, and neo-gothic horror, to reveal the inescapable effects of abandonment, isolation, and the grotesque - as well as the glimmers of goodness - buried deep within the soul.

Doesn't it sound fabulous?! The Children's Home isn't due out until January 5 (just in time for those holiday gift cards) but there is a giveaway going on over at Goodreads as we speak so be sure to check it out.

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