I loved the Koli trilogy books so much, that as soon as I finished reading them, I bought another M. R. Carey kindle book from Amazon and started to read it. It is very different to the Koli books, and I have to admit that it took me a while to get into it. It explored issues of trauma and mental health but has elements of magical realism/sci-fi. The main character is a girl, Fran, who was abducted as a child and rescued just in time from a man who was trying to kill her. She has hallucinations and an ‘imaginary friend’ as a result of this trauma, and meets and befriends a boy from her school (Zac) in the waiting room of her therapist as he is there with his mother, who is also experiencing similar weird phenomena. Are they both schizophrenic, or are the voices in their heads real?
The blossoming friendship/relationship between Fran and Zac is really sweet, and their quest to work out what is going on and try to fix it is exciting and gripping – The book is a horror/love story/psychological thriller and once I got into it, I really enjoyed it.