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Closed Doors There are no strangers in Rothesay, Michael Everyone knows who you are and always will It s a blessing but it s also a curse Eleven year old Michael Murray is the best at two things keepy uppies and keeping secrets His family think he s too young to hear grown up stuff, but he listens at doors it s the only way to find out anything And Michael s heard a secret, one that might explain the bruises on his mother s face When the whispers at home and on the street become too loud to ignore, Michael begins to wonder if there is an even bigger secret he doesn t know about Scared of what might happen if anyone finds out, and desperate for life to return to normal, Michael sets out to piece together the truth But he also has to prepare for the upcoming talent show, keep an eye out for Dirty Alice, his arch nemesis from down the street, and avoid eating Granny s watery stew Closed Doors is the startling new novel from the acclaimed author of The Death of Bees It is a vivid evocation of the fears and freedoms of childhood in the s and a powerful tale of love, the loss of innocence and the importance of family in difficult times


10 thoughts on “Closed Doors

  1. says:

    Last year I read O Donnell s debut novel,


  2. says:

    review also found at starsI received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher Harper via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review The expected publication date is May 20, 2014.This was a very unique read for me Told through the innocence of an eleven twelve year old boy you experience the horror of the impact of a truly hideous crime In the innocence of the age the reader sees him try


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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Interesting plot in a small, struggling Scottish town, a young woman is raped and badly beating while walking home from work one night, and her shame prevents her from going to the police Thus, the townspeople assume her husband has beat her, she goes through intense depression which worsens when the rapist attacks a


  4. says:

    Liked the concept, did not like Michael, or the very last pages.


  5. says:

    Sitting at about 3.5 stars, this was a quick read that still packed a lot of punch The story is told through the perspective of Michael, an 11 almost 12 year old boy grappling with the stress of adult issues in a world he is not prepared to face.When Michael s mum returns home badly beaten and obviously defiled, the family decides survival can only be found through silence and secrecy Through the l


  6. says:

    I loved CLOSED DOORS, and was enchanted by the voice of 11 year old Michael and his interpretation of the world around him As with DEATH OF BEES, O Donnell successfully pulls the reader into the universe of her characters with sensitivity, spot on storytelling, and humor.


  7. says:

    As seen on my blog It has been proven, time and again, what a powerful literary move it is to describe tragedy through a child s perspective This is the second book in which Lisa O Donnell has used the innocent, and untainted honesty, of a child s point of view to tell her story She was, once again, hugely successful withClosed Doors , but I wasn t as blown away this time around Michael was an entert


  8. says:

    I ve read Lisa O Donnell s The Death of Bees twice now and loved it each time so I was eager to read her second novel, Closed Doors, with the hope that it would live up to the wonderful Death of Bees It so did in every respect I enjoyed this one eventhan The Death of Bees There is so muchhumour in this book compared to Bees and I really loved that about it It is so well written, so simplistic, the cha


  9. says:

    No kidding, unputdownable I carried it from room to room Fortunately, we don t have stairs Told in the voice of 11 year old Michael Murray, a Scottish lad living in a small town on the west coast, this is a compelling read Michael hears something shocking from behind a closed door He eavesdrops like all kids do When his Ma and Da find out he s heard, he s sworn to secrecy But it s a hard secret to keep


  10. says:

    This is my new favourite book At first, I was sceptical of the 11 year old s voice and felt it might get tedious, but the author balances the naivety of the narrator with the seriousness and maturity of the adults dialogue It s an excellent example of writing through a lens, of seeing something from a different though very much authentic perspective A novel filled with endearing characters, all arranged


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