Boy on Hold by JD Spero – Review by Joanne Ellis

Boy on HoldBoy on Hold by J.D. Spero
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was Cabbage Night, 1991. The traditional night of pranks, which takes a disturbing turn when a violent crime rocks a small Adirondack town. Even more so, is when the only witness is a 7 year old boy. Hen trout, was out hoping to catch a pet hedgehog that night, sees Miss Sally become a victim.

Single mom Marcella Trout is blindsided when Tyler, her seventeen year old, is arrested for the very crime Hen witnessed. Now Tyler’s eerie mood swings seem dark and frightening and rooted in a family history Marcella has desperately tried to bury. She has to deal with the dark issues of loss, drugs and the undiagnosed of mental illness, that will change her family lives. As the criminal investigation churns on, the tenuous fabric of the trout family begins to unravel. And even Hen begins to question the truth.

The story was told by multiple viewpoints and the book is surrounded by mystery, and the story was told beautifully of how the trauma consumed Hen Trout’s family and their small town.
The author has done a brilliant situation of Capturing every emotion possible, especially telling the story from a child’s point of view.
A very enjoyable read and would highly recommend.

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