I know I was tired last night when I started listening to the audiobook, but even when looking at this story while perfectly awake and caffeinated, I have no idea what Dame Agatha was thinking when she decided this was a book she wanted to write?
I'm baffled. What themes are we exploring here?
And if the themes I am thinking of - children's first encounters with life, death, and religion - are the themes she wanted to write about, then:
2) I don't think this book is for me.
3) I am sure this could have been done better.
4) I know Dame Agatha could have done a better job at this. I mean, just look at Five Little Pigs or ... any of her other great character-driven books.
This book is odd, and really twee, and ... just ... very Victorian and so very removed from natural life.
I am not sure what I am reading and why I am reading this. Other than this is the first Westmacott novel.
Maybe she was still trying to find her feet as a non-mystery writer?
Maybe she was trying too hard?
I have no answers.
I'm not sure I want answers.
If this book does not change, this may well end up as my final review.
I am so grateful that I was able to get this one from the library.