Every day I get messages from readers, and every day they astound me. Here are a few excerpts from today.
Rosehead is sort of a cross between Pan's Labyrinth and something along the lines of a Lemony Snicket novel. I enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it to just about anyone. With a 12-yr old heroine, this book may fall more into the late middle-grade or YA category. If you enjoyed Lemony Snicket's books, or Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, you might enjoy Rosehead. And, if you yourself have Asperger's, ADD, ADHD, or any other sort of disorder that adults these days love overmedicating for, you may particularly enjoy this book.
It is an easy and enjoyable read that would encourage a new or hesitant reader to carry on with books. It's pacy, something's happening all the way through, no problem to maintain interest on a 'what will happen next?' basis; and of course highly imaginative. I really liked the way you 'closed out' the story. It is a generous spirited effort, there is no room for meanness, and there is forgiveness. If I had to pick a favourite page it would be 170 where you castigate the professional abuse of children. If I assume this to reflect a personal view and/or experience may I say as a retired child psychologist how much in sympathy I am. Children have been sliced up into ever smaller bits of alleged dysfunctioning which so often is surfacial, misses the "gestalt" of each individual,the totality,and distorts the proper perception of them.
This story is debilitating me. You are such an incredibly powerful writer.