The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Challenge #32 ~ “A book with a long title (5+ words).”


★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My opinion in three sentences:

What a deserving Carnegie nominee, and as a debut! It is one of those novels I struggle to fault, with strong, harmonious voices for the varying perspectives, realistic storylines and perfect pacing. Truly, it’s five stars for a reason, and is set against a backdrop many of us have never encountered before.

(Without spoiling anything) the best bit:

Every voice of each of the characters is so strong, and yet they all blend harmoniously as their stories entertwine on the Canadian-Alaska border. It’s honestly beautiful.

A warning for the book:

For me, the blurb was a bit misleading. From it, I was envisinging the four meeting physically at some location, from where they were thrust into an adventure of some sort, and so when the beginning gradually introduced the four and their backstories, I felt as if it was taking up too much time compared to the impending adventure. Don’t trust it. Instead, the voices and pacing is perfect the entire way through, and the adventurous journey the characters embark on is so much more than the literal version.

Recommended for fans of:

  • Apache by Tanya Landman
  • Frayed by Kara Terzis
  • The Middle of Nowhere by Geraldine McCaughrean

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