The Children's Home by Charles Lambert (♦♦)

Due to his mother's smothering affection, Morgan Fletcher grows up to become a disfigured millionaire who has seen very little of the world outside his mansion. That changes, when children begin appearing somewhat mysteriously at his front door and he has no other choice than to provide food and lodging. Within months of their arrival, strange discoveries are made in the mansion's attic, and a leader emerges among the children who reveals the purpose of their visit in due time.

The Children's Home has been compared to works like The Chronicles of Narnia and The Golden Compass, but in my opinion that comparison is overly ambitious for it lacks their appeal. The children's behavior and purpose seemed more in tune with Lord of the Flies than with inverted fairy tales, though there are elements of it in this novel. Even when the events described are supposed to be disturbing, they sound so trivial, perhaps because the plot doesn't seem to be moving at all.

Overall, The Children’s Home was a miss for me.

DISCLAIMER: I received from the publisher a free Galley of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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