Mickey Donnelly is about to go up to secondary school. He’s a bright boy living in Belfast during the Troubles. Paul McVeigh constructs a voice for Mickey that is really quite extraordinary. I laughed with him, I ached with him and I cheered for him. It felt as though I was standing right next to him. It’s been some time since I’ve felt such an emotional link with a protagonist. And just when I thought I’d figured out where the plot was going, it went somewhere so much better, with layers of subtle and complex humanity pouring out of the final chapters. A cracking read. Highly recommended.
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