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.

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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.

CHAPTER 1

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

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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.

Author:

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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