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This story brought to my mind a William Blake poem "The Tyger" written in 1794 . It stuck in my head during and after I read the book. Once again this author looks at a subject through a unusual filter. May Never the Dead Return has me thinking differently about several things.
Have you ever found yourself thinking at a loved one's death "I can't believe I will never hear his voice again" ? If so this book might be for you.
Do you struggle with "life after death" issues ? If so this book might be for you.
Do you enjoy a book that is written by a wordsmith who can draw mind pictures ? Then this is definitely for you.
There are several threads running throughout the story. It speaks to young and old on several levels. I won't give you a book report since it might prejudice your reading. I related to Grandpa and Mr. Carruthers even though this is a story about Mattie and Mikey. You might find Mum speaking to you.
I understand this is part of a series. Rest assured the current book can stand on its own and does not force you to read the next one. Of course you just might....
Mikey is a bit of a stirrer who likes to wind their teacher up, but when he points out that she’s spelt something wrong on the whiteboard, she belittles him in front of the whole class, then storms out the room. This embarrasses Mikey and brings on one of his asthma attacks, but when he tries to use his Ventolin, it doesn’t work. Matt gets angry with him and tells him he brought it on himself by being a such wise guy, but when he realises Mikey can't breathe properly, he runs to get help. Unable to find anyone to call an ambulance, he dashes back to help his brother, but he's too late and Mikey dies in front of him.
Feeling guilty for not getting an ambulance sooner, and missing his twin terribly, Matt falls into melancholy moods, but when he starts hearing Mikey’s voice in his head, his parents explain that he’s probably just trying to keep his brother alive through fantasy. Matt doesn’t think so, and when strange things start happening in their town, he believes his brother is still alive.
Matt visits a girl called Allegra for comfort, and although he has a crush on her, he’s not very confident and isn't sure she feels the same way about him. As I'm a fan of romance novels, I loved the scenes with Matt and Allegra, especially the one where Matt makes her cry, even though it wasn't on purpose. They seem so cute together and I’m glad this is a series because I want to know where this relationship will go. I really enjoyed this story and it had me chewing my lip right until the very last page, and like all John M W Smith’s books, there is a twist at the end. I would love to see this book made into a move. Teenage girls will love Matt Black and guys will enjoy the action and the humour. The author’s writing is magical and he certainly brings his characters to life. John M W Smith is now one of my favourite authors and If you like Stephen King, you’ll love this book.
The author talks To the reader, not AT the them, his narrative is chatty, familiar and friendly. He invited me in and I stayed, enjoying the company of his characters.In a clever move Smith has kept the number of his characters down to a minimum, the reader doesn't lose focus and is able to follow a story that flows.
In the blurb the author poses his own questions with regard to the story. I knew then I was in for a treat. Yes it's a story that has a beginning, middle and an end, but it challenges the reader to look beyond what is happening. For example, poor Matt is s to be subdued by medication to take away the comfort he has with the familiar voice in his head - morally is it just? Can the loss of a loved one be 'patched' up? There are many more questions posed wihin May Never The Dead Return that I will be pondering.