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The Children's Home

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Description

Morgan Fletcher, the disfigured heir to a fortune of mysterious origins, lives on a sprawling estate, cut off from a threatening world. One day, his housekeeper, Engel, discovers a baby left on the doorstep. Soon more children arrive, among them stern, watchful David. With the help of Engel and town physician Doctor Crane, Morgan takes the children in, allowing them to explore the mansion … and to begin to uncover the strange and disturbing secrets it holds. Cloaked in eerie atmosphere, this distorted fairy tale and the unsettling questions it raises will stay with the reader long after the final page.

From Publishers Weekly

02 November 2015 – British author Lambert (With a Zero at Its Heart) fuses a contemporary fairy tale with understated horror in this strange, mesmerizing novel. Morgan Fletcher who has the "face of a monster" because his emotionally unstable mother threw acid on him when he was young has never left his estate; his only contact is with his housekeeper, Engel. But when children mysteriously begin appearing at Morgan's sprawling manor, he compassionately takes them in. Soon, the house is filled with dozens of children, who explore the labyrinth of abandoned rooms uncovering fascinating treasures, which reveal clues to Morgan's dark heritage. The folkloric undertone and stylish prose, which is replete with gruesome and wondrous images, keep the reader turning the pages, though the latter chapters lack the intensity and focus of earlier chapters, and the thought-provoking conclusion isn't as satisfying as it could have been.

Customer Reviews

A little short

I have never read anything by this author before but like to try different things on for size. This book is quite the enigma as you end up not really any the wiser after reading it. The time period is a little ambiguous as nothing is really described in any detail. I enjoyed the book however felt like it should have been longer. There wasn't enough substance in parts and I don't really feel like it was satisfactorily explained by the end. It's worth a look if you are looking for something that doesn't need too much thought.

The Children's Home
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  • £7.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: 22 February 2016
  • Publisher: Gallic Books
  • Print Length: 208 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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