Such Pretty Things by Lisa Heathfield Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): Clara and her younger brother Stephen are taken by their father to stay with their aunt and uncle in a remote house in the hills as their mother recovers from an accident. At first, they see it as a summer to explore. There’s the train set in the basement, the walled garden with its secret graves and beyond it all the silent loch, steady and waiting.

Auntie has wanted them for so long—real children with hair to brush and arms to slip into the clothes made just for them. All those hours washing, polishing, preparing beds and pickling fruit and now Clara and Stephen are here, like a miracle, on her doorstep.

But the reality of two children—their noise, their mess, their casual cruelties–begins to overwhelm Auntie. The children begin to uncover things Auntie had thought left buried, and Clara can feel her brother slipping away from her. This hastily created new family finds itself falling apart, with terrifying consequences for them all.

I received this book from Titan Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I have given Such Pretty Things by Lisa Heathfield two out of five stars ⭐️⭐️

I have to admit, I’m still quite confused and lost after reading this book. I thought, although there was a slow start to the beginning-middle of this book, I still had an understanding of what was happening however, as soon as I read the last page my mind was even more cloudy.

Unfortunately this book was too vague for my liking, and amongst other things that didn’t sit well with me, I felt as though Stephen was written as an older character from his speech than he actually was. Sometimes I thought he sounded older than his older sister, Clara. Although I didn’t connect well with the characters we meet in this book, I did like parts of Clara and Stephen’s sibling relationship when their childish humour shone through.

It felt as though this book had been half-written, with lots of room for improvement and for the loose ends to be tied up. On the other hand, I liked the atmospheric writing and intriguing start to the book as it felt like the scene was being set in a creepy manner and we were going to be heading down a horror, thrilling story, however that soon changed and that thought faded off into the distance.

I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this book based on the fact that I’ve come away confused without knowing the actual plot and what happened, however that is entirely up to you to decide whether you’d like to read it or not.

Happy reading,

Claire 📚

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