Today I’m on the blog tour for The Weight of Small Things by Julie Lancaster. Huge thanks must go to Mel of Mirror Books for the blog tour invite and my review copy of the book.
Nine-year-old Frankie Appleton likes to count gates.
One day she hopes to design the perfect gate – a gate to keep the bad things out.
Little does she know that the bad things have already got in.
Now her mother is dead, and the only other person with a house key has disappeared.
Frankie thinks she knows who it is. But first she has to prove it.
A delicately brutal exploration of what lies behind closed doors, and of the secrets and lies that form the fabric of every family, The Weight of Small Things is as charming as it is chilling.
The Weight of Small Things is a beautifully written book with a young narrator who will capture your heart. It reminded me of a book I had read a few years ago What Was Lost by Catherine O’Flynn where a young protagonist seeks answers to questions that they don’t fully understand. It’s not an easy book to read-it’s a very sad story and as the flashbacks show, the characters have had their lives mapped out for them for some years so to escape their fate would have been almost impossible. To show how Frankie handles her mother’s death, we have to turn the clocks back and as we read about how her mothers past has shaped the woman she became everything becomes much clearer.
Their is a mystery at the heart of The Weight of Small Things and the author very cleverly created tension and a heartbreaking story combined to explain why Frankie reacts the way she does. The plot is a complex one at times and it was also hard to read occasionally due to scenes of domestic violence and abuse so although the dark secrets that lay at the heart of Peggys demise are all handled without gratuity, it was still a difficult subject matter to cover without feeling uncomfortable.
This is Julie Lancasters debut novel and she has done an amazing job of capturing the emotions of all of her characters, even the ones we love to hate! Yes it could be disturbing at times but the young protagonist kept me glued to this book from start to finish.
The ebook is on offer at 99p at the moment to coincide with this blog tour with the paperback due out in August.
Julie Lancaster lives in Staffordshire where she was born. She worked in academic and public libraries – writing in her spare time. She has been a travel agent, a university admissions assistant and a volunteer counsellor. She loves true crime and crime fiction. This is her first novel.