The Goldfish Boy

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BY Julia Thum | 0 Comment(s)
  • August 24, 2017

Twelve-year-old Matthew is trapped in his bedroom by crippling OCD, spending most of his time staring out of his window as the inhabitants of Chestnut Close go about their business. Until the day he is the last person to see his next door neighbour's toddler, Teddy, before he goes missing. Then Matthew must confront his fears and turn detective to unravel the mystery of Teddy's disappearance.

My Thoughts

I'm a little late to this book as the author Lisa Thompson already has another novel in the offing but I am still reasonably new to this blogging business and have only just found this. As soon as I heard the title I knew I wanted to read it. When I found out it was about a boy with OCD my curiosity was piqued further as I have a particular interest in emotional health and some of you may know I visit secondary schools talking about just this subject with the fabulous Samaritans Schools Team.

The Goldfish Boy is a mystery story with heart in which the author sensitively balances the loneliness, guilt and shame of poor emotional health with the vibrancy of a page turning mystery story.

The narrative deals with several issues - isolation, OCD, bullying and more - and there are heartrendingly poignant moments - the contents of Matthew's secret box was one for me (you’ll have to read the book to find out what was in it) but the ultimate feeling for the reader is positive and life affirming.

I fear I may be making The Goldfish Boy sound like a heavy read and it isn’t. It's a fun, very interesting book; well paced and with a great cast of characters and an intriguing puzzle to solve.

The Goldfish Boy is available in paperback and kindle format. Lisa Thompson's next novel, The Light Jar, is coming out in the new year and I am looking forward to that and delighted that Lisa has agreed to come on the blog and answer a few questions then as well.

Thank you to Lisa for a wonderful story that kept me totally absorbed for a cold wet week in Cornwall, and thank you Scholastic for sending me the book to read.



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