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My Best Friend by Laura Wilson
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Goodreads Description- England, 1944: She was the most beloved children’s author of her generation. In a time of unparalleled fear, youngsters everywhere sought sanctuary in M.M. Haldane’s magical world, where no danger was ever great enough to prevent her hero from returning safely home to tea.

But when her own son, Gerald, went down to the woods one day, not even a mother could save him from making a discovery so horrifying that it would mark the end of both his sister’s life and his innocence forever. When the doors to the nursery close, they close for eternity....

England, 1995: As the country prepared to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of V-E Day, Gerald remains terrorized by his memories. Desperately lonely, he finds solace in following a young girl home from school. To protect her, he says. But when the girl disappears, all eyes turn accusingly to him.

Running for his life, Gerald’s only salvation is to finally confront the atrocious events of his terrible past — and the unthinkable, unspeakable truth about his star-crossed family, steeped in fiction and in guilt, that can finally set him free.

With the precision of a sculptress, Laura Wilson chisels into the minds of her characters, carving their stories with the skill of a master craftsman. Spanning a chasm of decades, ruthlessly peeling away the layers of an astonishing mystery, My Best Friend takes us on a journey of literary suspense that is at once disturbing, hypnotic, and impossible to forget. I read this book for a challenge and it wasn't the greatest book ever nor was it the worst. I did like the writing style and narration type. Wilson had different characters narrate each chapter and rapidly switched back and forth in time. Aunt Tillie and Gerald were the only characters who could tell of both times and it was intesting reading each of their perspectives of Gerald's horrid mother and their reasoning for her behavior. It was a little slow at times but overall it was descent. I liked it so 3 stars.


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