When ten-year-old Liam moves house to be closer to his dementia-suffering grandma, he’s thrown into an unfamiliar place, with a family that seems to be falling apart. Liam doesn’t remember what his grandma was like before she became ill. He only knows the witch-like old woman who snaps and snarls and eats her birthday cards. He wants to fix it, but he can’t.
Walking his dog one day, Liam discovers an old stone gargoyle in a rundown church, and his life changes in impossible ways. The gargoyle is alive. It moves unseen in the night, acting out Liam’s stories. And stories can be dangerous things…
Seeking revenge against the bullies at his new school, Liam tells a story about the gargoyle attacking them. When one of them ends up in hospital, a regretful Liam vows never to go near the gargoyle again.
But his grandma’s illness is getting worse, his mum isn’t coping, and his sister is skipping school… What if the gargoyle is the only thing that can save Liam’s family?
Firstly a big thank you for Quercus for sending me a copy to review .It made a refreshing change to be sent something in a new genre .
I finished this over the course of last night and today ,a easy read but covers sensitive subjects .
Very descriptive and captured my imagination from first chapter .
This would be a great read for a less enthusiastic reader as its such a great book . A smashing debut which kids and grown ups can lose themselves in .
It gives great insight into how dementia can affect not only the person but their families .
As a single mum it portrayed the stress and worries of that role really well but easy to relate to for the younger reader .
A very enjoyable book.
published 5th February