Posted in 2021, C.G. Drews, Contemporary Fiction, Novel, Top Books, YA Fiction

The Boy Who Steals Houses by @PaperFury

Can two broken boys find their perfect home? By turns heart-breaking and heart-warming, this is a gorgeously told, powerful story.

Sam is only fifteen but he and his autistic older brother, Avery, have been abandoned by every relative he’s ever known. Now Sam’s trying to build a new life for them. He survives by breaking into empty houses when their owners are away, until one day he’s caught out when a family returns home. To his amazement this large, chaotic family takes him under their wing – each teenager assuming Sam is a friend of another sibling. Sam finds himself inextricably caught up in their life and falling for the beautiful Moxie.

But Sam has a secret, and his past is about to catch up with him.


If it hadn’t been so dark and if his fingers hadn’t been so stiff with dried blood, he could’ve picked the lock in thirty seconds.



(@Books2DoorUK, 4 April 2019, ebook, 225 pages, bought from @AmazonKindle)




I love the author’s blog, Paper Fury and read the ARC of her first novel; A Thousand Perfect Notes so couldn’t wait to read this. I loved this book so much. It made me cry like a big baby. It’s the kind of book that rips a hole in your chest, grabs your heart, squeezes it and doesn’t let go until you pass out. I loved Sam and Avery, both lost boys, broken by parental neglect and a system that failed them. I was on their side within a few words of the first chapter and my heart was in my throat as I flipped the pages, hoping they’d get a break. I loved Moxie’s family, they were too nice to be completely real at times but so endearing I couldn’t help fall for them. This is an incredible book. I can’t wait to read the author’s next one.


I live in Glasgow in the UK with my partner. I work in the Financial Services. I like reading especially Joyce Carol Oates and Stephen King. I write fiction and poetry. I enjoy watching TV (Grimm, Torchwood, Doctor Who, Lip Service, The L Word etc). I like to play video games and am a fan of survival horror especially the Silent Hill franchise. I like to watch movies especially horror and anything where someone dies.

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