Thought provoking indeed. How would anyone react to the string of bad circumstances which befall our two main characters? Gordon Reece not only shines the light on the darker side of humanity but he shoves the reader right into the middle of it. An intriguing and disturbing read, prepare yourself readers.
The story is most definitely believable in my opinion (always a good thing). It is about a young girl and mother trying to deal with a difficult recent past, and then having to deal with even more difficult events in the near future. Bad stuff happens to people, sometimes a lot can happen in a relatively short space of time. The real question is how do you deal with it? and when do you snap? Gordon Reece explores these questions and human behavior perfectly.
Interesting and well written with an eloquent flourish. The first person, young, female perspective was great and I think Reece handled some of the more sensitive issues wisely, by displaying them through flashbacks as opposed to pulling the reader through them. I found myself completely aghast at certain points in this story thinking ‘no they wouldn’t? they couldn’t possibly?’ and then the characters would and it would totally surprise me.
Definitely well done, I can see this book being used in English lessons all over the world purely because of it’s emotional and thought provoking nature. The lines between right and wrong have never been so blurry before. I recommend this to anyone who loves a good thriller and to anyone who wants an emotional roller-coaster.
From The Current Reviews:
The Good: ‘a truly absorbing book‘, ‘this book really floored me’, ‘interesting and exciting‘, ‘edge-of-your-seat story involving fear, violence, family loyalty and morality‘, ‘an enthralling piece portraying how people, when pushed to their limit, can do things they were incapable of even dreaming of’, ‘An incredibly gripping story and plot’, ‘interesting’, ‘fantastic’, ‘the narrative was great‘, ‘a thrilling and engrossing story’, ‘Mysterious, thrilling, sad’, ‘amazing’, ‘enthralling’, ‘ Reece is a genius in his genre‘, ‘amazing character development’, ‘strangely addicting‘, ‘the best thing I have read in a very long time -I recommend this to everyone’, ‘an engrossing read’, ‘unique’, ‘A perfect little thriller‘, ‘Beautifully crafted tale’, ‘intense’, ‘Reece does a good job of painting the scene in grand detail so good in fact you will swear you were there’, ‘an ingenious novel‘, ‘very well written’, ‘a fast-paced thriller that will keep you on a knife-edge’, ‘really good interesting read‘, ‘awesome’, ‘exciting and epic’, ‘full of suspense’, ‘brilliant’, ‘different and intriguing’, ‘it’s a masterstroke’, ‘thought provoking.’
The Bad: ‘I just didn’t like or believe this character‘, ‘tedious and boring and filled with useless information‘, ‘dry’, ‘I think a good plot was spoilt by going too far‘, ‘ got frustrated with the main character’, ‘I didn’t buy the basic plot of this book‘, ‘the narration was a strange combination of melodramatic and robotic‘, ‘predictable and poorly written‘, ‘disappointing’, ‘I feel that the character development was foreseeable‘, ‘bland’, ‘The story was great, but I personally think that it was exaggerated‘.
The Darn Right Ugly: ‘This was an obvious, unsubtle attempt at a thriller. It is a nasty, poorly constructed and uninspired piece of work.‘
The Unicorns: ‘Every so often I’m lucky enough to come across a book that I like to call a ‘stop-misser’, i.e. when I’m reading it on the tram or the train, I’m so engrossed that I almost miss my stop. So when I was nose-deep in Mice, wanting (needing) to find out what happened next, and I looked up to see the Latrobe st stop was passing me by, I knew I had a freaking excellent book in my hands.’, ‘ I wasn’t familiar with Reece’s work right until now but he quickly became one of my favourite writers and after reading this book, I’ll make sure to keep an eye on his upcoming books. He’s just brilliant. I can’t praise him enough.’
Goodreads Rating:(3.59 Stars)
Release date: 18th August 2011
Age Range: 15+
Contains: Extreme descriptions of violence (murder and bullying).
Awards: Ned Kelly Award Nominee for best novel (2011)
About The Book: Sixteen year old Shelley and her mother move to Honeysuckle cottage in the middle of the countryside, fleeing their fears and anxieties and hoping to put behind them years of suffering at the hands of others. Shelley has endured terrible bullying from the girls who used to be her best friends, and her mother has been left reeling following a divorce from her selfish, demanding husband. For Shelley and her mother are ‘mice’ – timid, nervous and obliging. And for a while, in their cottage-haven, the women flourish.
But one night, their fragile peace is shattered when Shelley wakes to hear a creak on the stairs. Someone has broken into the house . . .
In the shocking, chilling events that follow, Shelley’s world is turned on its head, as the women find themselves tested as never before. And as their lives spiral out of control, the tension reaches fever pitch, and Shelley begins to wonder: if she and her mother are not mice after all, then what are they?
‘Truly remarkable . . . Mice is a book many will without question be talking about’ Daily Express
‘A sophisticated psychological thriller . . . gripping’ Guardian
Where to Buy?
Amazon Kindle Ed £6.25, Paperback £6.99 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mice-Gordon-Reece/dp/033052562X
Note: There are cheaper paperback versions of this book on eBay and other websites.
About the Author: Gordon Reece is a writer/illustrator based in North East Victoria, Australia. Born in the UK in 1963 he studied English literature at Keble College, Oxford, and was a teacher and briefly a personal injury
lawyer before dedicating himself full-time to writing and illustrating in 1999.
Gordon has had 15 books for children and young adults published in Australia and Spain where he lived for six years. His new novel, MICE, (Allen and Unwin, 2010), has sold to twelve countries so far including the USA (Viking) and UK (Macmillan). The first adventure of Count Oblonsky and Petrov (‘The Curse of Red Skull’) is published by Macmillan (Spain, 2010).
Gordon also writes graphic novels and is a life-long comics fan. He is a member of AACE, the Spanish association of comic book writers.
Disclaimer: The reviews and opinions above are either from online sources or my own, and have been collaborated together for the ease and benefit of potential new readers. All ratings have been collected from the date of this blog’s publishing and will potentially change in the future.