The Children’s Home: A Novel
In Charles Lambert’s The Children’s Home, we’re introduced to a solitary, disfigured man with no family or friends, and only a housekeeper in his presence- until, as if out of thin air, the children come. It doesn’t take long for Morgan to make friends, first with the children, then with a doctor. The story unfolds naturally, and we learn more about Morgan, the recluse who’s been secluded since an accident, who grew up with plenty of money and not enough love. His fortress-like mansion is soon overrun with children, and all the mysteries that surround them.
Before long, Morgan must face his fear- going outside the familiar walls of his estate- and deal with the real life that exists right under his nose. In the process, he learns about himself, and what he thinks of the way the world views him.
From the first sentence, I was hooked, and the short sentences and well-placed words made this a book I couldn’t put down. Fans of Neil Gaiman will thoroughly enjoy this grown-up fairy tale, where the magic isn’t pure and sparkling and the good guy doesn’t always feel good about doing the right thing.