“The Children’s Home” by Charles Lambert

★★★☆☆

25110927Have you ever read a book that was extremely intriguing, keeping you from doing other things because you can’t put it down? I’m sure you have. However, have you ever had that happen, and upon finishing the book, you find you have absolutely no clue what you just read?

The Children’s Home is one of those.

Disfigured recluse Morgan and his housekeeper, Engel, spend all of their time in Morgan’s massive gated mansion, Morgan cataloging books, and Engel taking care of Morgan. One mysterious day, children of all ages begin to show up at their door. Morgan and Engel agree to take them in, as their world seems to be some sort of post-apocalyptic wasteland where children would not be taken care of elsewhere.

One day, a child is sick, so Doctor Crane comes to see to her health. Morgan and Doctor Crane become good friends, and the Doctor spends nearly every day there studying Morgan’s books and watching over the children.

During the book, a bunch of very strange things happen. Morgan notices that the children are only there if they are needed, otherwise they seem to disappear into the walls. The children seem to be working on something, and some of them act way beyond their age.

To explain any further would be spoiler-y and confusing to my review (as it was also confusing to me, while reading the book). If you like strange fantasy, science fiction, literary fiction, and mystery, check this book out. If you like your books to make sense and have a comprehensible plot and ending, you may wish to skip this one. I gave this 3 stars because I honestly could not put it down (which is when I give books a  5), but the lack of sense or explanation throughout the story dropped it down 2 stars.

Purchase the book here.

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

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